Our favorite hobby may be excellent fun, but it's not the most active thing in the world -- unless you're playing one of the newer breed of exercise games, of course. As a result, the mainstream media, along with sometimes lumping us in the same category as alcoholics and drug addicts, likes to blame video games for rising childhood obesity levels. And while the inactivity that results from playing games may indirectly lead to obesity, it's not the only factor involved by a long shot.
It's presumably this thinking that has led Konami to take an active role in next month's Childhood Obesity Summit in Charleston, West Virginia. Health professionals, policy makers, students, parents and teachers across West Virginia will be joining Konami to discuss the best ways to tackle the issue -- and to take part in the second annual West Virginia State Dance Dance Revolution Championship, of course. The early DDR titles were some of the first to feature a calorie-counting mode, making them the inspiration for today's breed of exercise games.
In attendance at the summit will be Shellie Pfohl of the President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition; Joanne Grossi of the US Department of Health & Human Services; Dr. Michael Dansinger from NBC's The Biggest Loser; and schoolteacher Carrie Swidecki, who is aiming to break the Guinness World Record for "Longest Marathon on a Dance/Rhythm Game."
The summit -- and the dance-off -- will be taking place on July 27 at the Embassy Suites in Charleston.
This article originally appeared on GamePro.com as Konami Spearheading Childhood Obesity Summit