Video games can help you lose weight

Excessive addiction to video games can lead to physical inactivity and obesity, which, in turn, can cause more serious health problems. But psychologists from the universities of Exeter and Cardiff Universities are proposing a video game-based diet.

Developed by researchers from the Universities of Exeter and Cardiff, the computer game is a conventional flash game where users are asked to press certain buttons when healthy foods, such as salad, appear on the screen, and ignore the appearance of unhealthy foods that cause obesity, such as chips or cookies.

Psychologists conducted a study with 41 volunteers who, after four 10-minute sessions of play daily for six months, noted "slight but significant" weight loss. They also kept a so-called "food diary". A group of scientists have already received funding to conduct further tests.