With the UK's children suffering from huge weight gains, health experts now want them to start doing 'virtual PE'
Computer games, the prime suspects when health experts try to explain why the UK's children are the most obese in the nation's history, have now emerged as a potential cure for overweight youngsters.
The latest Government's attempt to tackle the child obesity problem stems from an acclaimed initiative in which Nintendo Wii consoles were used to tempt inactive pupils into "virtual PE" after years of dodging games lessons. The project, at five schools in Worcestershire, found that children queued up at lunchtimes for their chance to play video games on the Wii. Heart monitoring revealed that the pupils became fitter with regular use of the consoles.
Reported by Brian Brady, Whitehall Editor for The Independent on Sunday, 27 January 2008