How Children Use Active Videogames and the Association Between Screen Time and Physical Activity.
Item Type:Journal Article
Citation:Forde C, Hussey J, How Children Use Active Videogames and the Association Between Screen Time and Physical Activity., Games for health journal, 4, 4, 2015, 312-7
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Objective: The energy required to play active videogames (AVGs) has been reported on in the literature;however, little is known about how children use such games in their home environment. The aim of this study was to investigate children’s use of AVGs and the association among AVG use, other screen-based activities,and physical activity levels. Materials and Methods: Eight hundred and twenty children 12.1 (0.6) years of age participated. Physical activity levels, sedentary screen-based activities, and AVG use were investigated. Differences across genders and deprivation indices were also analyzed. Results: Fifty-eight percent of children met minimal physical activity guidelines. Forty-seven percent of children exceeded screen time recommendations. Of those who had access to AVGs, more children played sedentary games (or active games in a sedentary manner [68 percent]) than active games (55 percent) on AVG consoles. Furthermore, sedentary games were played for longer than active games. AVG play was positively correlated with reported time spent watching television (P=0.02). Conclusions: In free-living conditions AVG consoles are being used by more children and for longer duration as sedentary screen-based devices rather than active screen-based devices.
Type of material:Journal Article
Series/Report no:Games for health journal
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