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The Pediatric Forum
January 2007

Feasibility of a Dance Videogame to Promote Weight Loss Among Overweight Children and Adolescents

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2007;161(1):105-107. doi:10.1001/archpedi.161.1.105-c

Screen time (television and videogames) and decreased physical activity are implicated in the obesity epidemic.1-4 Anecdotal evidence suggests that dance videogames have broad appeal5 and Dance Dance Revolution (DDR) is a popular videogame available for home use. We sought to determine if a diverse group of overweight children would find DDR sufficiently appealing to use for exercise over time, to investigate reasons for use and nonuse, and to correlate use with change in body mass index (BMI; calculated as weight in kilograms divided by height in meters squared).