Doctors warn gamer with 15-hour a day Xbox habit

Doctors have warned a teenager that spending 15 hours a day sitting in front of his Xbox 360 could be doing serious damage to his health – and not just because he’s too busy gaming to bother with having a shower.

British media reports that “console addict” Zach plays FIFA and Call of Duty (his current favourites) for up to ten hours at a stretch on the tiny television, plus football manager games on his PC at the same time.

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He explains his situation in his own words:

“I left school more than a year ago and had nothing to do, so I turned to video games to fill the days while I searched for a job.

“It started off slowly. I only spent two or three hours a day playing. It was just for a bit of fun.

“Now it has got out of control and I know I have an addiction but I cannot help it. I know I need help to kick the habit.”

Surprisingly, the unemployed 17-year old is up bright and early after heading to bed in the wee hours of the morning, with a game loaded and ready to go at 9am. Even more surprisingly, he currently has a girlfriend – although she’s threatening to dump him if he doesn’t spend less time with the console and more with her.

Claiming that he “just cannot help it”, Zach suffers constant headaches and even blackouts, which doctors are blaming squarely on his gaming habits.

Zach’s mother Lois isn’t really helping either, claiming that:

“There is nothing that I can do to stop him playing.

“Doctors have warned him of the health risks but playing video games is the only thing that makes him happy.

“I do not want to upset him by taking his consoles away.”

May I remind you that Zach is 17, unemployed, living at home, not bathing regularly, and suffering from medical issues directly relating to his habits. I think that being a bit upset may actually be good for him, don’t you?

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