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Pokémon-Go: Why Augmented Reality Games offer insights for enhancing public health Interventions on obesity-related diseases

Wong, MC, Turner, P ORCID: 0000-0003-4504-2338, Macintyre, K and Yee, KC ORCID: 0000-0003-2371-5327 2017 , 'Pokémon-Go: Why Augmented Reality Games offer insights for enhancing public health Interventions on obesity-related diseases' , Studies in Health Technology and Informatics, vol. 241 , pp. 128-133 , doi:

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Stimulating widespread interests of the population to participate in behavioural changes through information and technology has been an aim of much health informatics research. The recent widespread participation of the augmented reality game Pokémon Go which encourages exercises, provides significant insights into the potential of information technology to improve healthcare intervention on obesity-related disease. Does Pokémon Go point to another way of achieving health benefits using mobile devices? This paper analyses the features of Pokémon Go in relation to potential health benefits. This paper suggests from the perspective of a user on changes to the game that potentially could help with obesity, mental health cardiovascular health and vitamin D deficiencies. While the impact of augmented reality games on improving exercises might be substantial, the question of sustainability and likely long-term health outcomes remain debatable. The rapid uptake of Pokémon Go by the population around the world, however, should serve as a useful lesson for information and technological design to improve outcomes obesity-related diseases in the future.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Wong, MC and Turner, P and Macintyre, K and Yee, KC
Keywords: obesity, cardiovascular health, augmented reality, ehealth intervention, auto-ethnography
Journal or Publication Title: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
Publisher: IOS Press
ISSN: 0926-9630
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