Harnessing the power of one of the modern era’s most enjoyable past times, video games, to increase fitness and health is a great idea.
Games are a great way to get people to practice healthy activities without registering all the boring repetition. Motor disabilities is a great example of this. It’s super dull to unbutton and re-button your shirt a hundred times, but if you have to perform similar actions as part of a game you barely even notice crossing the hundred mark.
For lazy eye you don’t even need to make a special game for people to benefit. This infographic isn’t short on sources but it is pretty short on details, so I looked it up and a 2011 study at Berkeley found that off the shelf games showed a marked improvement in adults with amblyopia.
Speaking of low on details, I had to look up the bit about childhood obesity, too. It seems like the infographic is referencing a video game that requires the main character to eat the recommended amount of fruit and vegetables. According to the study, the children who played the game showed a big increase in fruit and veg intake.
We’re no stranger to the benefits of video games here at Daily Infographic. Check out our infographic about the mental effects of Mario and Tetris, and more!