Effects of Playing Video Games on Energy Balance

This study has been completed.
Information provided by:
University of Copenhagen
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
First received: November 12, 2009
Last updated: August 9, 2011
Last verified: November 2009
The aim of this study is to examine the effects of playing video games on various components of energy balance and substrate metabolism as well as on glucose homeostasis and relevant hormonal systems that might be involved in the underlying mechanisms.

Condition Intervention
Other: 1-hour video game play

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Crossover Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: Effects of Playing Video Games on Energy Balance: a Randomized, 2-condition, Crossover Study in Adolescents

Further study details as provided by University of Copenhagen:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Energy intake and energy expenditure [ Time Frame: 1 time point ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Enrollment: 22
Study Start Date: November 2009
Study Completion Date: December 2010
Primary Completion Date: April 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Video game play Other: 1-hour video game play
FIFA 2009, a football video game played on Xbox 360


Ages Eligible for Study:   15 Years to 19 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Male
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Male adolescents between 15 and 19 years of age
  • Normal weight (5th percentile to less than the 85th percentile)

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Smoking
  • Unstable body weight (±4 kg) during the 6 months preceding testing
  • Regular physical exercise (>3 hours/week)
  • Excessive intake of alcohol (>7 drinks/week)
  • Substance abuse
  • Metabolic disease (e.g. thyroid disease, heart disease, diabetes, etc.)
  • Medication that could interfere with the outcome variables
  • Eating disorder
  • High restraint eating behavior (score ≥8 for cognitive dietary restraint in the Three-Factor Eating Questionnaire)
  • Irregular eating schedule (e.g. skipping breakfast)
  • Unfamiliar with the use of video games
  • Unable to comply with the protocol
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01013246

University of Copenhagen
Copenhagen, Denmark, DK-1958
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Copenhagen
  More Information

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Additional publications automatically indexed to this study by ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Anders M. Sjödin, MD, PhD, University of Copenhagen
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01013246     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: B268 
Study First Received: November 12, 2009
Last Updated: August 9, 2011
Health Authority: Denmark: The Danish National Committee on Biomedical Research Ethics

Keywords provided by University of Copenhagen:
Video games
Energy balance
Appetite control

ClinicalTrials.gov processed this record on February 04, 2016