Adult video gamers are typically fatter and more depressed than their non-gaming counterparts, according to a new study from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Working in conjunction with Emory and Andrews Universities, the study interviewed 500 people, aged 19 through 90. Of those, about 45% said they played video games – and of those, female gamers listed a higher rate of depression, while male gamers had higher body-mass indexes than non-gamers.

Makes perfect sense to me. Sitting in front of a laptop all day, arguing with other nerds about Avatar? Eschewing sunlight for the warm, inviting light of Azeroth? Sounds pretty fat and depressing!

Still, one wonders if we needed this study. Researchers had to interview 500 people to find out gamers were fat and depressed? You think they’d stop at interview number three – all the respondents walking into the interview room wearing XXXL Gremlins II t-shirts is a surefire giveaway that all may not be right and cozy in the land of wireless ethernet connections.

Source: PC World

Asterios Kokkinos

I've written for National Lampoon & Cracked Magazine, been featured on NPR's "Marketplace", and had a pilot screen at the New York Television Festival. I've performed stand-up all over NY, Boston & LA. I love Babylon 5, yelling at the TV with my dad and naps.

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