NEW YORK (WPIX)—Many studies over the years have linked video games to violent behavior, poor eye sight, and childhood obesity. Perhaps you can now add rotten teeth to the mix.
The University of Iowa conducted a study, on children between the age of 12 and 16. It found that gamers who spend lots of time at the screen are more than twice as likely to suffer from tooth decay, compared to those who don't.
Basically, too many kids spend long hours a day snacking on sugary foods while absorbed in computer video games.
"This study helps our understanding of the dietary habits and subsequent decay risk of gamers when the effects have previously been unknown," says Chief Executive of the British Dental Health Foundation, Dr. Nigel Carter.
It's worth pointing out that kids also munch on junk food while watching T-V, and on the internet. The research also found that teenagers who have structured video game playing time are less likely to suffer the ravages of tooth decay, because they are more likely to eat regular meals as well.
"Parents are the key. It's important for them to set limits on how much junk food their children eat, and how much they spend playing video games," Dr. Russell Singleton, a dentist in New Jersey, told PIX News.