Could Video Games Improve Our Eating Habits?
by Alfredo on March 28, 2013 at 02:21 PM EST


Recently I got myself a copy of Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why’d You Steal Our Garbage for the 3DS, Adventure Time is an awesome show so I figured why not try out their game? The last time I bought a game based on a cartoon was The Simpsons Game and that game turned out fine. When Finn’s health was starting to fall in dangerous levels, I had him take some syrup, and later an apple. Seeing how the apple was increased more health points for Finn than the syrup got me wondering whether video games could potentially help gamers get accustomed to choosing healthier foods when they eat.

Video games could indirectly help gamers make better choices, which definitely worked with me. On FIFA I started choosing the Philadelphia Union because I’m good with them, over time I eventually started following the team, now they’re my second favorite MLS team. For someone else it could become the habit of picking apples to boost your health or something of that similar nature.

With popular titles like Just Dance 4 and Nike+ Kinect Training, gamers are already getting in better shape do to the physical activity they get. The next step to improving our health would be to eat healthier. Though it’d be harder to keep track of what a person eats, a simple log — either a notebook or even a smart phone app — might be helpful.

Fitness video games have already shown to be helpful to gamers of all physical levels, if it’s not a food inclined game, maybe it could start with the choices we make in video games. In the future, video games could go that extra step to help gamers make better choices with food. Sure it’s ultimately up to every individual whether they want to live a healthier lifestyle or not, but the idea is to help gamers, not hurt them.

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