Incidents relating to violence have been reported all over the world and these events were seen to have something strange in common – kids addicted to computer games. The aggressive nature and the realistic graphics that these games have were said to be the main reasons why kids grew so obsessed with the game and eventually decided to portray it in real life.
Unfortunately, violence and low grades are not the only problems that many kids and parents face these days. Computer games are also causing serious issues on kids’ health.
The deskbound nature of most games today is what makes them really bad for your kid’s health. Imagine sitting all day with their eyes glued to a monitor or the TV screen. They become so engrossed with what they’re doing that their brains are focused on nothing else but the game. Recent studies have linked gaming with a number of health problems like obesity, hand and back injuries, urinary tract infection, muscle and joint problems, eyestrain and (in worse cases) brain damage.
While most of us believe that having a sedentary lifestyle, in connection to computer games, would actually make our bodies a lot less demanding when it comes to nutrition, a research done by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has seen a high nutritional demand for teenagers playing computer games. Theoretically, although the body doesn’t work physically, the mental stress requires the same amount of cell metabolism for thinking and tapping on those controllers.
Sadly, computer games already fall in the same line as smoking, drinking, drugs, juvenile crimes and premarital sex. This is not a joke. The biggest concern here is that the percentage of kids being addicted to computer games is growing at an alarming rate each year; without their parents really giving much concern and attention to the situation. To make things even worse, these kids often get most of their nutrition from junk food instead of eating healthy food, like fruits and vegetables, and staying healthy when they drink chia tea or other health drinks.
If parents want their kids to stay healthy, it might be a good idea not to buy your child a brand new gaming console on his or her 7th birthday, or if you decide to do so, get a Wii.
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