Can video games help you level up your health?

Can video games help you level up your health?

You might assume that portraying video games as bad for your health would be as easy as shooting ducks on an old Nintendo.

Even a professional gamer like Noah “Nifty” Francis, 22, admits players aren’t known for having great habits. Francis, who plays “Counter-Strike: Global Offensive” for the Dallas-based Team Envy, knows people who play 14 hours at a time, so focused on the game that they forget to eat. “A lot are, like, so skinny – even frail-looking – because maybe they eat one meal a day.”

While nobody is suggesting you trade in your gym membership for a game subscription, it turns out there probably are worse things you could be doing with your leisure time, experts say. Keeping things balanced is key to avoiding pitfalls.

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