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Teen Loses Half His Body Weight Through Video Game Theory

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Posted January 18, 2010 - By Stephen Johnson

Kid Loses Half His Body Weight With WiiAttention lard-butts, fatty bum-ba-latties, and Two-Ton Charlies: You can lose weight playing video games. I know we've been hearing that refrain since the launch of the Wii, and it doesn't tend to work that well, but it really happened for teenager Taylor LeBaron. According to The Today Show, LeBaron shed half his body weight not by shaking around a Wiimote, but by using the principles he learned through video games to create a game-like dieting system.

You play The Ultimate Fitness Game by considering actual things in terms of video games. So calories are counted like gold in an RPG, you have enemies, allies, you probably level up based on the scale. It's all pretty ridiculous, and yet pretty awesome. Judging from the online excerpt of his upcoming book, LeBaron took a really systematic approach to his obesity problem, and employed the kind of discipline known to athletes and gamers who find ever single hidden packet in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.

Not to put down the kid's book, but I'll bet you could invent your own version of Ultimate Fitness if you wanted to. Although, I suggest adding the word "Extreme" in the title.  The problem in a real-life fitness game would come in the fact that the it would prove not as exciting as most video games, and would lead the player to attempts to exploit and game the system. Know what I mean?

Have you ever used the lessons you've leaned gaming to achieve real life goals? How did it work out for you?

Source: The Today Show

Tags: Style, Videogames
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