Slimming down in a video game can have real-life effects

Research by communication associate professor Jorge Peña cited in The Sacramento Bee

Researchers at UC Davis may have found a new way to engage women in an active lifestyle: slim video game characters.

Women who were assigned the 121-pound avatars moved their overall body more while playing than women with avatars with the weight set to 209 pounds. In games where both the self-avatar and the virtual opponent were 121 pounds, the women moved both their wrists and waists more, according to study author Jorge Peña, assistant professor of communication at UC Davis.

Read more at The Sacramento Bee.