Video Gamers Eat More, Even If Not Hungry

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A research from Canada’s Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario links playing video games with eating more food, even if the study participants were not feeling hungry. The study involved 22 young men who were asked to either sit for an hour in comfortable chairs or play video games before eating lunch.

The researchers noted that those who played video games consume 80 calories more on average than those who merely sat down. There was no evidence that gaming made the participants hungrier as blood analysis showed that the participants were actually not hungrier when they played games than they were just sitting down.

Experts believe that a reward mechanism is activated when playing games, similar to what happens when using a computer. The mental workout involved in both activities makes people want to eat more, not out of hunger but as reward for doing the task.

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