Physical Activity and Sociodemographic Correlates of Adolescent Exergamers

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Abstract

Purpose: Exergame use (or active video games that promote physical activity [PA]) has the potential to increase PA in youth, but there is a scarcity of information about PA of youth who are current exergamers. The current study examined PA behaviors in exergamers versus nonexergamers. Methods: Adolescents (N = 2,793; mean age = 14.4 ± 2.0 years) participating in EAT 2010 (Eating and Activity in Teens) self-reported sociodemographic characteristics and exergaming and PA behavior. Height and weight were measured. Results: Both male and female exergamers tended to be younger and black compared with nonexergamers (p <.001). Generally, exergamers did not report significantly more PA than nonexergamers, except for female exergamers who engaged in more vigorous PA than female nonexergamers (p <.01; 1.3 ±.05 h/wk vs. 1.6 ±.06 h/wk, respectively). Conclusions: PA behavior in exergamers is similar to PA behavior in nonexergamers. However, when targeting vigorous PA, exergaming may be an innovative and appealing intervention strategy for adolescent girls.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)630-632
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Adolescent Health
Volume62
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2018

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute Grant No.R01 HL084064 and National Institute of Mental Health Grant No.T32 MH082761-05.

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute Grant No. R01 HL084064 and National Institute of Mental Health Grant No. T32 MH082761-05 .

Publisher Copyright:
© 2018 The Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine

Keywords

  • Active video games
  • Screen time
  • Sedentary behavior

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