Zee Media Bureau
Toronto: Are you addicted to video games? If yes, then try to avoid playing video game so frequently as it can lead to sleep deprivation.
And lack of sleep can lead to many serious risk of numerous health issues such as obesity and cardiovascular diseases, warns a study.
Katherine Morrison, associate professor of pediatrics at McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada says, "This is an important phenomenon to understand. We are seeing that some children and teens develop serious addiction-like symptoms to video games''.
Morrison added that video game addiction affects a vulnerable population of children and youth, can impact social interactions amongst youth and, as their research shows, can drive health issues.
For the study, researchers studied a group of children and teenagers aged 10 to 17 who were in lifestyle management programmes - either for weight management or lipid disorders.
The study looked at whether the video game habits of the group had an impact on sleep habits, obesity and cardio-metabolic health.
Using fitness trackers, the team monitored the sleep duration and compared that to the youth's video game usage.
The data showed that video game addiction symptoms resulted in shorter sleep which, in turn, was related to elevated blood pressure, low high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, high triglycerides, and high insulin resistance.
“We were amazed that amongst gamers, video game addiction scores explained one-third of the differences in sleep duration," Morrison said.
"Sleep is emerging as a critical behaviour for cardio-metabolic health, and this data shows that gaming addictions can cause numerous health issues in at least a segment of the population," she said.
"Childhood obesity tracks into adulthood and obese children face a greater risk of cardiovascular and coronary diseases as well as Type-2 diabetes as adults,” Morrison pointed out.
(With IANS inputs)