Video games don't just increase blood pressure but also the waistline

Call of Duty vs FIFA vs TV

A recent study on 72 overweight young males has shown that playing video games increases blood pressure, in contrast to watching non-violent TV, which does not.

In addition, violent video gaming (in this case, Call of Duty) increases appetite, sugar and fat consumption in relation to watching TV, while non-violent video gaming (in this case, FIFA) did not.


Georgios' comment

According to the authors of this study, all video games, violent or non-violent, increase stress levels, such as higher blood pressure and heart rate. However, the stress response in violent video games is such that it elicits an increase in appetite and fat and especially sugar consumption.

This makes sense, as stress stimulates the release of noradrenaline which in turn leads to hypoglycaemia and consequently increased appetite, especially for sweet foods.

Obviously, playing actual football outdoors, instead of playing FIFA indoors, is such a much better option, as the increased appetite comes after actually burning some calories, and the increased heart rate is due to some healthy activity rather than being the sign of unhealthful stress on the body...



Acute effects of video-game playing versus television viewing on stress markers and food intake in overweight and obese young men: A randomised controlled trial.



Georgios Tzenichristos is the director of London's London-based LipoTherapeia clinic, which specialises in natural fat/cellulite reduction and skin tightening. Georgios daily follows all research on fat, metabolism, connective tissue and phytochemicals and regularly writes about those topics. To check all our recent articles visit


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