Playing large

A look at the numbers

Percent of overweight teens in the United States 30

Percent of obese teens 16

Average hours per week a child 2-17 spends watching TV 19

Percent of children under 16 who play video games on a daily basis 61

Amount of time per day the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends for exercise 1 hour

Percent of young people who report having no recent physical activity 14

Number of households with video game consoles 45.7 million

Number of video game and Internet treatment programs supported by the South Korean government 40

Average age of video game player in the U.S. 33

Percentage of female video game players 38

Average salary for a video game designer $73,000

Percentage of teens that like to play the villain in video games 62

Average number of hours of game-play in Nintendo's Final Fantasy XII 100

Amount of time it takes to run the 26-mile New York City Marathon 4:45:29

Sources: American Obesity Association, Nielsen Media Research, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Entertainment Software Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, BusinessWeek, Nintendo, Marathonguide.com.

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