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article imageSurvey: Average video gamer is overweight and depressed

By Kevin Jess     Aug 21, 2009 in Health
A U.S. study found that adults who spend hours in front of a games console every day are more likely to be fat and depressed than those who don't.
Playing video games is regarded by many as a pastime for children and teenagers.
But according to researchers the average age of players is now 35, and it seems they have similar problems to their younger counterparts.
A U.S. study found adults who spend hours in front of a game console every day are more likely to be fat and depressed than those who don't and they are more likely to rely on the Internet, in particular social networking sites, rather than actual flesh and blood people for social support.
Of the 552 respondents (ages 19 to 90 years), 249 of them, a little more than 45 percent, identified themselves as video-game players with the majority of them men (56 percent) reports Canada.com.
Female players reported greater levels of depression and lower health status than the female non-players.
Men who play video games reported greater levels of obesity and spent more time on the Internet than male non-players.
The study appeared in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, which also reported separate research showing that the average age of players in the U.S. is 35.
The study was unable to show whether video games lead to obesity and depression, or whether people with these health problems are more attracted to playing video games in the first place.
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