Video games are one of the season's most popular presents for teenagers, but parents should know that these gifts can negatively affect their child's overall health.
Some of the must-have titles for older children include Gran Turismo 5, where players can virtually drive any car in the world, and Call of Duty: Black Ops, which allows users to play as stealthy military soldiers on various missions. Younger children have been asking for Super Mario Galaxy 2 for the Nintendo Wii, a game that is getting rave reviews.
However, a study from earlier in the year may inspire some parents to throw a toothbrush or two into the stocking to go along with the new video game.
In April 2010, research from the University of Iowa found that teenagers who spent a significant amount of time playing video games were more likely to develop tooth decay.
It was found that the teenagers in the study, who ranged from 12 to 19 years of age, consumed more sugary snacks and soda while playing video games. Both foods have been known to increase a person's risk of tooth decay.
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