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Pokémon gets children back on their feet

Latest app craze is seeing increased levels of youngsters exercising more.
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Hunting Jigglypuffs and pursuing Pikachus is encouraging youngsters to exercise.

The Pokémon Go craze is getting youngsters back on their feet, and that’s to be welcomed, writes GP Dr Margaret McCartney in the BMJ.

She has been out and about in Glasgow with her children, spotting Swellows, finding Flygons and locating Lunatones – a process which, she says, has turned streets into ‘a reclaimed playground in which to have interconnected fun’.

While scientific evidence of the app being beneficial has yet to be published, the fact that young players are getting out and about is welcome. ‘Increased physical activity is a tantalising side effect,’ she writes, despite Pokémon Go not being marketed as a health app, and players having no particular motivation to get fit.

She reports that social commentators have linked the game to

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