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    Video games associated with children’s fat level


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    Wednesday, November 26, 2003 5:10 am Email this article
    TIME SPENT PLAYING VIDEO GAMES and watching television is associated with levels of body fat in children.

    This according a study of eight-five healthy 10-year-old French children.

    Active children had lower levels of body fat (30% vs 33%), consumed more calories (2252 vs 2058 calories), more carbohydrates (281 vs 246 grams) ? which also represented a higher percent of calories (50% vs 47%) ? and ate more fat (90 vs 84 grams) than inactive children. However, as a percentage of calories active children consume a lower fat diet (35% vs 37%).

    Both groups ate a similar amount of protein (83 vs 78 grams) representing 15% of calories. Children from families of unskilled workers were found to be less active than those from more skilled families (13 vs 15 hours per week).

    REFERENCE

    ? Deheeger M, Rolland-Cachera MF, Fontvieille AM. Physical activity and body composition in 10 year old French children: linkages with nutritional intake? International Journal of Obesity and Related Metabolic Disorders, 1997 May, 21(5):372-9.

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