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Study Finds Video Games Lead To Less Exercise And Poor Health Among College Men

A new study has found that college-aged men who play a lot of video games might be prone to exercising less and developing poor eating habits, leading to decline in health.

Study Finds That Bad Side Of Playing Video Games For An Extended Amount Of Time

As per a new study conducted by the American Society of Nutrition, playing a lot of video games can lead to college-aged men having poor eating habits as well as less motivation to get out and actually physically exercise.

Per the study, 70 percent of the participants play video games and results show that more than 40 percent of them play for more than five hours on a weekly level.

"It's important to understand that video games are a risk factor for poor lifestyle habits that may contribute to poor health. We know that habits developed in adolescence and early adulthood can stick with people for the rest of their lives, so if we can encourage video game users to eat healthier and exercise more, we could help them live healthier without completely giving up video games," study co-author Dustin Moore, graduate student at the University of New Hampshire, said in an accompanying press release.

Previously, research has shown that children who play video games for an extended amount of time are more likely to be overweight and have poor eating habits. However, this is the first time that a study has shown its effects on college-aged men, which are more or less similar.

Per Moore, the new study can help colleges and universities better educate students about diet and exercise, especially those whose main hobby is playing video games.

Through the study, the team found that college-aged gamers consumed more saturated fat and sodium than nongamers, and observed that their physical activity levels are on the lower side. This then could lead to poorer habits and even chronic disease later in life.

"The video game industry is continuing to grow at a fast pace and more people are playing than ever. If the findings of our study are indicative of general population, increases in video game usage could translate to increases in overweight/obesity and chronic disease in the general population, which is already a big issue," Moore said.

Video game controller Playing video games can shape the brain and your behavior — for better or for worse. Photo courtesy of Pexels, Public Domain

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