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Dance Dance Revolution: Weight Loss Aid?

Posted Apr 09 2009 7:14pm

Should the video game Dance Dance Revolution (DDR) be part of your strategy for this year's weight-loss resolutions? Two recent studies have looked to DDR as a means of weight loss and found that theoretically, playing the game could work to decrease obesity:

  • Lanningham-Foster et al found that children expended twice as much energy using an active game (such as DDR) as they did while using non-active video games. 
  • Unnithan et al found that playing DDR met heart-rate standards (but not volume of oxygen standards) for developing and maintaining cardiovascular fitness.

However, a new study by Madsen et al is the first to test how well teens would actually stick with the exercise regimen.  In their research with 30 teens, they found that although the game has widespread appeal, it is unlikely to hold their interest for long enough to make a difference in weight loss.

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