If your child is eating too much or snacking more on candies and other junk, maybe you should take a closer look at the kind of games they are playing. Because according to a recent study conducted by Radboud University in The Netherlands, games with food involved could actually lead to children eating more.
Frans Folkvord, one of the researchers involved, found that children who play games with food themes or if there is some kind of food-related ad, they will eat 55% more than those who played games without food involved. It makes sense that kids would feel hungry in these situations.
It looks like this might have something to do with the way advertising works on the internet compared to ads on TV. Folkvord says, “In contrast to television, where the clearly delimited blocks of commercials can help viewers guard against temptation, on the internet, advertising is mixed with other types of content. The websites of food manufacturers contain games, which also offer children the option of sharing games with their friends.”
So maybe games like Fruit Ninja as opposed to Candy Crush might be a healthier choice, but apparently not. that isn’t the case either. Kids tend to favor candy. He adds, “Children play a game, get hungry and reach for treats. As the cycle continues, children fail to learn healthy eating behaviour.” I guess that would be where the parents come in. If there is good parenting, it should all be fine. It is an interesting study anyway.