Do Crime Rates Influence Sedentary Behavior?

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In the last 30 years, technological changes have made staying inside more appealing to kids than ever before.  With TV, video games, computers and other media inside, kids aren’t always interested in playing outside, or encouraged to do so.  One reason parents may actually want to keep their kids inside is because neighborhoods are less… Read more »

New Guidelines to Reduce Soft Drink Marketing to Children

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On Tuesday, the International Council of Beverages Associations, the worldwide trade association representing the non-alcoholic beverage industry, adopted new guidelines on marketing to children. Beverage companies can voluntarily agree to the guidelines, which eliminate advertising to audiences that are primarily composed of children under 12. The Coca-Cola Company and PepsiCo both pledged to meet the… Read more »

Should Children Get Fit Using Video Games?

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Some players already use the Nintendo Wii as a form of exercise, but the new Wii Fit brings the concept to a new level. The game includes a weight-sensing balance board on which players stand and move to participate in strength-training, yoga, and balancing via video game. Nintendo calls it “a combination of fitness and… Read more »

Take This Game and Run With It

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Back in April we told you about an "active-adventure" video game in development by students at Carnegie Mellon.  The Pittsburgh News interviewed the creators and got to see the game in action!  Players run on a pad when they want their character to run on-screen; jump when they want the character to jump; and step… Read more »

When is too much…well, too much?

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When it comes to children’s video game use, this question is not easy to answer, but a recent article in U.S. News and World Report highlights the importance of asking by stating that 8.5 percent of 8-to-18-year-old gamers can be considered pathologically addicted. Although the American Psychiatric Association does not yet recognize game addiction, recent research… Read more »

Women are Sex Objects and Black Men are Thugs?

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Since last week’s release of Grand Theft Auto IV, there has been an upsurge in concern about how violence in video games affects those who play them. But it’s not only their violence that’s raising eyebrows— concern is also mounting over their use of stereotypes. A Boston Globe article addresses the “growing number of gamers… Read more »

Infant TV Associated with Limited Verbal Interactions

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In a new study by Mendelsohn et al , researchers studied the TV behavior of 154 low-income mothers and their 6-month-old infants.  97% of the mothers reported that their infants watched TV every day.  The researchers observed that the parents interacted with their children just 23% of the time that the TV was on. As… Read more »

Glamorizing Thinness through Pro-Anorexia Websites

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Last week, the French parliament’s lower house adopted a bill that would make it illegal to publicly glamorize or encourage extreme thinness. In particular, the bill cracks down on “pro-ana”—or pro-anorexia—websites, where people with eating disorders can go for advice on how to lose weight, for photos of waif-like celebrities that offer “Thinspiration,” and for… Read more »