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Overweight? Depressed? Aged 35? Answer 'yes' to all three and you are almost certainly a gamer. So suggests a joint study conducted by scientists from the US Centres for Disease Control (CDC), Emory University in Atlanta and Andrews University in Michigan. Researchers concluded that frequent gamers tend to be fatter and of less …

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They are not kidding tough

I used to play games -- back around 2003 or so. I can assure you that I was fat. Later I got a job, and this forced me to socialized in "real world" and this along with few things in my life made me gave up computer's entertainment all together. I still have a belly, but it's not as bad as it used to be...

I can say from my personal experience people who "spend time on the computer" over six hours -- downloading torrent, movies, porn, games, you name it...

ARE OBESE...

PS: If you have two face book account one for "real friend", and second for "online friend" than you DO HAVE A PROBLEM!

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Paris Hilton

adult gamer, but not fat or unhappy

To be really thorough, they should do a study of say 1000 males looking for conditions such as being overweight, depression, etc. and then see how those correlate to leisure activities, such as how many overweigh, depressed males watch a lot of TV, or lots of books or spend lots of time in chat rooms, or play video games, or spend an inordinate amount of time bowling or drinking at the corner bar, or never make it out of the house because they are always taking care of their kids or something.

I play video games about 3 hours a day, but honestly I don't have much time for the other activities I mentioned, because, well, I am playing games :)

Just singling out gamers for certain characteristics without looking at the prevalence of those same characteristics among the population who do other "sedentary" activities is rather biased. I think everyone knows that the world would be a better place if we all excercised regularly, said our prayers and ate our veggies, but sometimes you just want to go home and relax.

Paris, because anyone with a WoW account knows her alter ego Haris Pilton.....plus I can't figure out another icon to use in conjunction with this post.

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Bloody nonsense

I very greatly doubt that gaming makes you fat. Gaming itself does not force you to have bad eating habits, nor does it tie you to the chair and remove your ability to exercise (or think, for that matter).

Gaming is just another activity, a hobby that one can adopt or not.

Now, I would be much more inclined to believe a study that declares that insecure, insufficiently-socialized people with poor communication skills and little respect for their own body (or a poor grasp of personal health) might have a greater than normal tendency of turning to computer gaming (and why not so-called social networks as well) and adopt it as a replacement for more conventionally social activities where their shortcomings would be much more apparent.

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Unhappy

No no no...

I'm fat (well, slightly over-weight anyway) and depressed, and very nearly 35, but I don't play games. I used to, but with all the porn on the internet I just don't have the time any more...

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Paris Hilton

BMI not statistically helpful information, here.

Due to the way the BMI works, being told one group has a greater BMI doesn't convey any solid information if we don't know their height. It means they are fatter or taller or both.

Paris, because I know her BMI's all in those long legs.

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bmi is useless

if they base obesity entirely on bmi, i can just as easily say that most gamers are depressed, 35 year old weightlifters. I've got a lot of muscle on my frame, big shoulders, and i'm only 5'8. Hardly any fat on me (i'd like to get some better abs), but my bmi puts me in the obese range because muscle weighs 9x more than fat.

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35 YO

Im not supprised that age is high. My 17 year old mate got asked for ID to prove he was 15 trying to buy a game yesterday!

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Really ?

What about the lamers aged 12-34 that are dumb, lazy couch potatoes? Don't they qualify as worthless humanity, aka gamers? They might be crackheads instead of fat pigs, but they are still lamers. Can't exclude the clueless just because of age and drugs.

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Tombo

Sounds like they are buttering us up for a video game tax. :(

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Define gamers

I don't play "run of the mill" games, but enjoy simulations like LOMAC or Falcon 4.

Age 34, a bit on the thin side and anything but depressed.

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Nintendo

Need to target that state.

Plenty of over 35 fit gamers on their books.

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Paris Hilton

Not me

I'm not a gamer. Ha!

I am fat and miserable hough

tsk

Last time I was a gamer, Robotron, Chuckie Egg and Defender/Planetoid were my drugs of choice. Sigh

Paris- Cos she'll be fat miserabel and over 35 one day too

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OMG BMI WTF BBQ

Most gamers hyper-sensitive about accusations of being fat and miserable, finds comments section survey.

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@Some Beggar

Most *people* hyper-sensitive about accusations of being fat and miserable, finds comments section survey.

Fixed that for you.

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FAIL

W00t

Im only depressed when my server goes down goddamit!!! Guns dont kill people, magic missiles do!!!

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Paris Hilton

BMI is meaningless

Funny, I work in IT and have a REALLY REALLY high BMI. Then they will tell me that the BMI doesn't apply to me because I can bench press 175 kg or squat 200 kg. Why mention it or even consider it at all?

Paris coz I have special BMI for her

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Grenade

The eyes are open, the mouth moves, but Mr Brain has long since departed

Fed up with life? Check. Enjoy the odd computer game? Check. A bit of a tubster? Yup.

And they even guessed my age right.

People who are not physically active are inactive. That's why chairs were invented.

If you can do something fun, communicate or get a job done without getting up off your butt and expending effort then why not?

It would be silly not to. Wouldn't it?

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cause & effect

By Hermes (nine inch) Conran

"Which is cause and which effect?"

That's definitely the question

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