Computer Games and Obesity in Children

There is no getting around it… Obesity is probably the biggest cause of early death and related illnesses in Westernised culture to date.

Our children are at the highest risk of developing illness in later life if they suffer from obesity. Life has never been this easy in my opinion as it is now. We complain about the simplest things because our way of living has spoilt us. Children will not develop a sense of responsibility, unless it is taught to them and how can we teach responsibility to children if we don’t even know what it is ourselves.

A real problem with child obesity is video gaming. As I have said a child who is not held responsible for their own actions will become quite unhappy as he/she becomes obese. Computer games offer an alternative reality for a short time and teach a child that it is okay to over indulge with food as a quick escape in a computer game can help them to forget. The weight will often pile on during this phase so it is important to find a way of helping the child to feel responsible and offer a solution to the problem.

One solution is to prohibit the use of computer games beyond a certain time range, during the day. Explain why you are doing this and encourage the child to take up sports as an alternative. If your child is to shy to participate in outdoor sports, you could try indoor activities. I particularly like the new full body workout computer games that are starting to appear. Instead of a controller for the gaming console you have use your full body to control the on screen characters. I tried one myself recently called the Kinect system and was sweating in a matter of minutes. I was struck by a thought that in the not to distant future this might reduce childhood obesity significantly…. But we’ll have to see if it takes off first!

We have become lazy, we think our problems are in the hands of the Authorities. If we become ill we take a pill, so no need to worry about it! If we put on weight it’s okay we can always lose it later. We have to understand that we are responsible for our own actions before it is to late!