Games can make you eat fruit and veggies?

I know game characters so a lot of fruit eating, but that’s not what we’re talking about here. A study from the Baylor College of Medicine showed that kids that played a couple of special games ate more fruits and vegetables than the control group. The study, which worked with the USDA and others, took 133 kids ages 10 to 12, all in the upper half of their weight distribution for their age (read: chubby) and made them play these two games. And then healthy snack time.

These weren’t just any games, though. Both Archimage’s Nanoswarm: Invasion from Inner Space and Escape from Diab were designed to promote healthy eating. It seems like they work; the kids that played at 2/3rds of an additional serving of the healthy things a day than the control kids. 

Gamasutra says that the fruits and vegetables study was published today in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

I want to see a game that can make me eat brussel sprouts. Those things are f*cking gross. I don’t think Shenmue 3 could even make me eat brussel sprouts.

Dale North