Our children play dangerous games!
According to data from an Oregon population-based survey a ‘choking game’ is practiced by 5% to 11% of children.
In this game they cut off oxygen and blood to the brain by tying a belt or rope around the neck to experience a ‘high’ after pressure is released.
Researchers say that this game is dangerous and it is linked to other risky behaviors by those who practice it.
Robert J. Nystrom, MA., from the Oregon Health Authority, Public Health Division, Portland, Oregon and his team studied data of 5,348 eighth-graders who practiced a ‘choking game’.
The results showed that 6.1% of the children have taken part in the 'choking game' and their chance of being involved in substance abuse and sexual activity was much higher. Participation was also connected with poorer nutrition, increased violence among the boys and gambling among the girls. 64% of children played this game some times and about ¼ of them took part in it more than 5 times.
According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data, 82 children died from the activity between the years 1995 and 2007.