In an article published today on the Reuters Health website, Dr. Chaput discusses whether “active” video games should be prescribed as a way for kids to lose weight.

From the article:

“We cannot prescribe active video games as a way of losing weight,” Chaput told Reuters Health.

“I’d like to see kids spending more time outdoors,” he said. “Just by being outside more, we spontaneously exercise more.”

That said, Chaput noted, children cannot always get outdoors. Some live in unsafe neighborhoods; some live in areas where winters are long and harsh.

So replacing some sedentary screen time with active video games might be worthwhile, according to Chaput.

To read the article in its entirety, please click here.