Helping Overweight and Obese Children
ExerGamer is small, inexpensive and readily allows virtually any child to play video games at home. The idea of being engaged in active gaming, especially for overweight or obese children is an important step towards establishing long-term health.
In a way, ExerGamer brings the solution to the problem by motivating children to inadvertently engage in serious exercise while playing games. Full-body movements are needed to simply move a cursor to a target or to activate a button. This results in strength and stretching benefits which are derived inadvertently.
Thus, even obese children can progressively improve their strength, flexibility and self image. In addition, the ongoing performance-related feedback inherent in playing video games adds to the child’s realization that progress is being made in terms of fitness and weight-loss.
Overweight and obese children fear experiencing discomfort or pain as they increase their activity levels. They may also be understandably apprehensive about exercising in front of other children who may be prone to make fun. Exergamer addresses both of these fears. First, all of the related physical motions are accomplished without weights or other means of resistance. And second, since Exergamer is predominantly played at home, the concern about being made fun of is rendered nonexistent.
Overall, in terms of addressing the need for long-term progress, being consistent is intuitive using Exergamer. Overweight or obese, children continue playing Exergamer on a regular basis without realizing that they are exercising. In the process of playing games, as fitness improves, so does the duration and intensity of the exergaming sessions, and thus the child’s fitness level continues to rise. As the child becomes increasingly fit, the level of exergaming engagement naturally becomes more challenging…and rewarding.
Causes of Obesity
Childhood obesity is a worldwide crisis. It seems to be obvious that obesity is being caused by two things and two things only…too much food intake and not enough exercise. But there is so much more to this problem.
Today there are many ideas about obesity that point to causes beyond the individual inflicted. But it seems that the cause of the “problem”, the eating too much and/or exercising too little, emanates from the child’s mind. Thus, from a problem solving standpoint it seems that what matters most is changing the child’s mind about his or her mind’s embodying physicality.
Exergamer provides an active solution to obesity by engaging obese children, really all children, in a pass-time that they crave, playing video games. In rapid fashion children, by using Exergamer consistently, experience a gradual but definite improvement in their overall strength and mobility. This measurable improvement can only help to change the obesity-afflicted child’s mind about the value of becoming more fit.
In any case, the following links to recent articles concern suspected causes of obesity: