A North Carolina fitness blog has called for obesity warning labels to be placed on video game packaging.
In a review of Nintendo’s Wii Fit, Winston-Salem Fitness writes:
Overall, I give Nintendo credit for trying to make a game that tries to get people to be more active, which is more than can be said for other video game manufacturers. However, this will not do anything in terms of chipping away at the American obesity problem.
In fact, I’ll go out on a limb and say that the video game industry needs to follow the route of the tobacco and alcohol manufacturers, and state that excessive use of their product could lead to inactivity and obesity, rather than try to make a half-hearted effort at increasing American activity levels…
By our count, this is the second call this year for warning labels on video games. In January Rep. Joe Baca (D-CA) proposed in Congress that games rated T and higher carry warnings linking violent games to aggressive behavior.
Obesity warning labels have previously been advocated in some quarters for consumables such as soda and fast food.