To get kids to eat their veggies, play a game

Futurity – Maria Hornbek-Copenhagen

The researchers reviewed 43 studies from the around the world that investigate the use of games and “gamification” meant to influence the eating habits of children. “Most games succeed at influencing child behavior in a desired direction. For example, by getting them to consume larger amounts of fruit and vegetables and raise their awareness about food. The games that work combine aspects of competition, such as earning points, with a compelling plot, where the player is typically a hero on a mission,” says first author Ching Yue Chow of the food science department at the University of Copenhagen.

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