Personally I find video games a bit dull so I don’t need news like this to stop me from playing them, but if you were looking for an excuse to stop your child from spending hours on the Playstation then this may be it. Recent research has suggested that children who play video games for long durations have lower bone density than children who don’t. Childhood is the time of life when bone mineral density is increasing and bone strength is stimulated by physical activity so long hours of inactivity may actually increase the possibility of a bone fracture. And let’s not forget the postural problems that may arise with long periods of sitting in the one position. As with many things, a little time spent playing computer games is okay, but it shouldn’t take the place of daily exercise.