Pelin Avcı, Akan Bayrakdar, Gökmen Kılınçarslan, Işık Bayraktar, Erdal Zorba


This review article aims to synthesize all the observational studies that examined the effects of video gaming on nutritional behaviors. In addition, it is aimed to draw the attention of field academicians and researchers to the issue related to video gaming and to shed light on future observational studies in the field of sports sciences. All peer-reviewed observational studies on the nutritional behaviors of video gamers have been systematically examined and collected. Playing video games or playing them for a long time can have significant consequences on the health of those who play. While interest in video games or online digital games is increasing rapidly, studies focusing on understanding the health risks and benefits associated with them are long overdue. There is a need to develop and evaluate preventive interventions that address the harms video games can cause. Similarly, there are gaps in the evidence on ways to encourage safe and healthy digital gaming among the ever-growing video gamer population. In order to develop evidence-based guidelines and intervention strategies that include nutritional behaviors, these gaps need to be filled with scientific research.


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