Video game addiction can lead to sleep deprivation, thereby putting the players at serious risk of numerous health issues associated with sleep loss such as obesity and cardiovascular diseases, warns a study.
"This is an important phenomenon to understand. We are seeing that some children and teens develop serious addiction-like symptoms to video games," said co-author of the study Katherine Morrison, associate professor of pediatrics at McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada.
"It affects a vulnerable population of children and youth, can impact social interactions amongst youth and, as our research shows, can drive health issues," Morrison noted.
For their research, the team 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.