01 August 2011

Hello Farmville Addicts, Playing Games Can Kill You!

Just how watching TV makes you fat, farming all days online in "Farmville" can cause you to gain weight too.

Playing games ain't wasting your time, anyway. It is another fun ways to release low level stress. But playing games for a long time can increase obesity risk because when we're sitting too long we're prone to eating more and less active. The worst, sitting for a long time in one position not only risking your health but your life as a price too. This is what happen to Chris Staniforth, 20 when his Xbox addiction killed him.

The Sun reported that a post mortem revealed the cause of Chris Staniforth's death as deep vein thrombosis (DVT). DVT is a blood clot which develops in the legs or lower torso, often when the suffer's movement is restricted for long spells. 

If the clot travels up the veins to the lungs, it can cause a fatal blockage known as a pulmonary embolism. DVT used to mainly strike passengers on long-haul flights who sat for hours in the same position. But in recent years it has increasingly been seen among those who sit for longs spells in front of computer screens. In Staniforth's case, it can be triggered by sitting and playing his Xbox for up to 12 hours at a time, without getting up to take a stretch.

For his part, Staniforth's father says he does not blame video games, consoles or their makers for his son's death. He has now launched a campaign to warn other parents of the dangers.

Xbox makers Microsoft said: "We recommend gamers take breaks to exercise as well as make time for other pursuits." The lesson here, don't get preoccupied with your favorite games. Take some break for the sake of your health.

Read for more details in The Sun.

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