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How Video Games Ads Contribute to Child Obesity

How Video Games Ads Contribute to Child Obesity

University Herald

Audri Taylors

Roughly 12.5 million children between the ages of 2 and 19 are obese and this is according to US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CDC says that playing video games is one of the contributing factor to why a child develops weight problems. But, it is not just all about the lack of physical activities, but because of the ads in these online games that are actually making the kids fatter.

According to a Dutch research last year, children who often play computer games that feature food advertisements increase the youngsters’ cravings for sweets and more junk foods. Dr. Frans Folkvord, a psychologist at Radboud University in the Netherlands said that based on their studies, kids who play online games binge on unhealthy snacks.

Because of this study conducted by Dr. Folkvord, the experts at the World Health Organization encouraged control on advertising junk foods over the internet through online games and social media.

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