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Old 04-19-2011, 01:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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It stands to reason that if you sit around all day playing videogames and not much of anything else, you're going to put on some weight. That much is obvious, but according to a new study, the lack of physical exertion isn't the only reason why frequent gamers pack on the pounds. The study found that playing games compels people to eat more, even when they're not hungry.

Teenage subjects of the Canadian-Danish study, which was published last week in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, spent an hour sitting in a comfortable chair, and on a separate occasion spent an hour playing a videogame, the National Post reports. Here's where things get interesting. After a round of gaming, the subjects consumed an average of 80 calories more at a pasta lunch. That might not sound like much, but according to Dr. Jean-Philippe Chaput, the study's lead author, an additional 50 calories per day adds up to 62 pounds over 10 years.

"It's a worse story than just being a sedentary activity," said Dr. Chaput. "When we play videogames, yes, we burn few calories, but we also eat more."

Researchers say that one possible reason for this is that the mental exertion from playing a game triggers the need for an edible reward, and these are typically comfort foods high in sugar and fat.
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Old 04-19-2011, 03:01 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I don't know a single person who eats while playing. I know I don't cause I don't wanna get that crap all over my 100 dollar KB/MS. The only time I have this problem is when I'm watching tv or a movie. I MUST have something to eat or munch on or I wont watch (which is a very horrible habit).
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I don't know a single person who eats while playing. I know I don't cause I don't wanna get that crap all over my 100 dollar KB/MS. The only time I have this problem is when I'm watching tv or a movie. I MUST have something to eat or munch on or I wont watch (which is a very horrible habit).
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I don't want grease on my Orochi or my Xbox controller so I don't game and eat.
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I'm too lazy to get up in the middle of a gaming session to get food. I usually eat less if I'm gaming..

and 6.2lbs a year? come on, that's nothin.
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Well if you game all the time it can add up. Few years and you are in the over weight category pretty easily.

Today I did a test and noticed I drink and pee alot more but do not eat.
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First time I read that, I thought you "drink pee".

When I was playing Nintendo at my grandparen't house, my grandma would always give me a plate of goodies. But you know grandparents always spoil you.
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Yeah so not true. I sit there with some Skoal in my mouth while I game. Kinda hard to eat when i have smokeless toabcco in my mouth. So yeah no way that I am eating far more while gaming.
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I have noticed that often if I'm doing anything that'll take longer than a couple minutes unzipping something particularly large (longer than a minute to unRAR), then I will compulsively go down to get something to eat. After noticing I do that though, I now end up walking downstairs, looking daft, and then walking back up either empty-handed or with a glass of water.
I'd disagree with the study in general, though.
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While playing Supreme Commander I grabbed a pack of Gushers but that's it.
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