A Teen Weight Loss Success Story


Teens can get into a variety of fun activities in order to lose weight. With overweight teens getting increasingly more common nowadays, finding more enjoyable ways of getting rid of excess weight is becoming a serious public health challenge.

Enjoyable activities can appeal to more teenagers as something they really want to do : and not just something they feel they have to do. Once they enjoy doing it, they have an increased likelihood of keeping it up and become more successful in trying to lose weight.

But how can you make losing weight more fun? How about introducing elements that teenager like to do already for other reasons, such as dancing or gaming. There is a story of a certain teenage girl who lost weight simply by playing a video game. Now, what can be more exciting and fun than that? Losing weight while playing a video game? This is some story that is worth listening to.

This typical teenage girl makes use of her time at the arcade to lose weight. She started playing a popular video game called "Dance Dance Revolution (DDR)" at the age of 17. At that time, she was a senior in high school and weighed about 235 lbs, pretty overweight for a teenage girl. But after four and a half years of playing the said video game, she now weigh about 140 lbs.

She couldn't even imagine just how much a video game would come to affect her health and weight concerns with positive results. That video game helped her grow to be a healthier and more self-confident teen. Before discovering the video game, she was a rather inactive person not used to exercise activities.

Although she was active as a member in different bands, orchestras, drama, and had already played video games, she didn't regularly get out for physical exercise. She became really unhappy when she realized that she was at an unhealthy weight. Just as what happens with most obese people, she started losing hope that she would ever be normal again when faced with the daunting challenge of just so much weight to lose. Because she was ashamed of her overweight condition, the Internet had become a form of escapism where she didn't have to face people in person.

In college, she became increasingly unhappy being in a new environment and her weight continued to yo-yo, usually staying at around 235 lbs. Sometime around October of 2002, a fun new game version of a game called DDR USA was released that contained a ton of new songs to dance to. She tried the game out and soon became addicted to the video game with a high activity rate. Not long after, she began frequenting the video arcade almost everyday playing the video game for hours and hours.

At one point, she came to discover a website which had a Bulletin Board where people would meet online and talk about DDR and music games and she quickly became friends with the regulars. She was able to get to know friends who were able to motivate her to play more frequently and for hours at a time. It was during around this time she began losing most of her weight.

In her first six months of playing, she was able to lose 45 lbs with no change in her diet whatsoever. Once she discovered that she can find herself at a more comfortable weight again, she decided to make healthy changes in her life such as following a more healthy diet. She became more conscious of what she ate and as a result, lost an additional 20 lbs.

Playing the game regularly and coupled with a healthy diet has allowed her to maintain a healthier weight than she ever thought possible. All because she was able to enjoy losing weight by playing a video game that changed her life.



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