Published: Jan. 24, 2011

Study looks at video games, childhood obesity

Contact(s): Andy Henion Media Communications office: (517) 355-3294 cell: (517) 281-6949, Linda Jackson Department of Psychology office: (517) 353-7207

A new study led by Linda Jackson, professor of psychology at Michigan State University, refutes previous research by finding no relationship between playing video games and obesity among children.

The study, which appears in the research journal Computers in Human Behavior, surveyed 482 children whose average age was 12.

Jackson and colleagues found that technology use was unrelated to body mass index or body weight after controlling for the effects of socio-demographic characteristics.

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Jackson can be reached at or (517) 353-7207.