Submitted by ForeignEarth 347d ago | opinion piece

Does playing video games make you hungrier?


Teenagers consume extra munchies after gaming sessions

Playing video games could make you feel hungrier than you normally would, a report suggests.

A small study in Canada of 22 normal-weight teenagers found that the boys ate a bigger lunch when they played a video game before instead an hour spent relaxing. (Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, FIFA 13, PC, PS3, Wii, Xbox 360)

xHeavYx  +   347d ago
I do get hungry when playing UC3 online and I have no friends to play with, so I go 16-2 and we still lose
Braid  +   347d ago
I've read in an article before that people eating while they are in front of their PC monitors don't feel the satisfaction of eating as much as someone who eats on a table (or elswhere), which leads to eating more than necessary, and resulting with gaining weight if done frequently.

That seems to be a proven scientific fact, but unfortunately I can't find that article or the source of the study right now.
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Irishguy95  +   347d ago
I've also heard of that, your brain doesn't not focus on the food and your 'craving' is not satisfied.

Generally one seems to forget to eat at specific times..and just retrieves food and brings it back to the gaming area
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GrieverSoul  +   347d ago
If we are focused on doing something, the "satisfaction" from eating is not completly fulfilled. Either it be gaming or driving or studying. So, technically, anything we put our mind into, will "distract" us into eating more than we actually need I guess.
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StockpileTom  +   347d ago
I read somewhere that the brain doesn't really have a concept of portion control and that people will simply eat until the plate or container is empty or until they are completely bloated unless they are consciously monitoring how much they eat.

A supposed solution to this is to meter food out into smaller plates/bowls.

My personal solution is to simply burn more energy to make up for what I eat. I have actually lost weight on a 4000 Calorie diet because the intense exercise I was doing burned even more than that.
Knight_Crawler  +   347d ago
I read somewhere that if you buy one large pizza you get the other one for free.
Blaze929  +   347d ago
I get hungry after gaming. But that might be because of the weed I smoke before ;)
Soldierone  +   347d ago
Sounds familar.

Or getting in COD, seeing the clan actually be on your team and thinking "hey I might win this one!" Go 33-7, and still lose.... lol
Crazy Larry  +   347d ago
I often get the munchies while gaming...but gaming itself is not the cause :)
NiteX  +   347d ago
Woot fill up that bowl!
CraigUK  +   347d ago
I actually don't. Infact, if I am deep in a game like civ or sim city, I forget to eat.
bakagaijin78  +   347d ago
Agreed. I can get really into a game & then hours later I wonder why my stomach is bothering me... its because I've gone too long without eating.

Sometimes having to eat can be an inconvenience. :/
RuleofOne343  +   347d ago
Playing video games make me thirsty , now the food network that makes me hungry as hell.
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madcowz64  +   347d ago
Depends really I usually get way to into it to eat.
MontyQ  +   347d ago
natcho cheese iv drip as I play
xX-StolenSoul-Xx  +   347d ago
I for one actually eat less. If I'm on a game Marathon I sometimes forget to eat.
iamlegend9999  +   347d ago
No, when i play video games, my hunger just disappears.
Soldierone  +   347d ago
I don't get hungry, but I start wanting to get a drink. Water or soda

In terms of being hungry, it actually makes that urge go away. Normally when I'm hungry I'm just bored. If I'm caught up in a game, I forget I'm hungry at all.
jc48573  +   347d ago
I always eat before I play
thewant  +   347d ago
I used to play Tf2 for 16 hours straight. I kept forgetting to eat my lunch, and dinner, that was back then when I was young & had a lot of spare time, but I don't get hungrier after finishing playing. I forget about being hungry.
taiyed80  +   347d ago
the brain consumes a lot of energy
Zoron007  +   347d ago
I don't usually eat as much as Im too busy holding the controller or whatever and too lazy to get up.
PurpHerbison  +   346d ago
If I am seriously gaming I will often skip a meal or two on accident without really being aware of it.

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