Link between gaming and weight loss probed

13th July 2011

A new study will see if using interactive computer games consoles can help new mums lose weight.

The research, by scientists at Nottingham Trent University, has been launched in response to a survey by the Royal College of Midwives that revealed while 67 per cent of new mums feel anxious about their weight, they are often reluctant to exercise in public.

Nottingham Trent's Sport, Health and Performance Enhancement Research Group will monitor a group of new mums over a 12-week period using the Nintendo Wii Fit Board.

Dr Kirsty Elliott-Sale said the study could provide finding "of enormous benefit" to new mums trying to deal with weight loss post-pregnancy.

The study will monitor the weight and body composition of new mums before, during and after the 12-week training programme.

Participants will also keep a food diary over the period.

"We already know of the problems that exist, and it's important that research like this helps to find positive ways of dealing with them," Dr Elliott-Sale said.

Posted by Philip Briggs

"Royal College of Midwives supports study to help new mums shed pregnancy pounds". Nottingham Trent University, July 2011.

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