Violent video games make teens eat more

Playing violent video games not only increases aggression, but also leads to over-eating and more cheating in teens, a new study found.

Researchers found that teens who played violent video games ate more chocolate and were more likely to steal raffle tickets in a lab experiment than were those who played non-violent games.

The effects were strongest in teens who scored high on a measure of moral disengagement the ability to convince yourself that ethical standards don't apply to you in a particular situation, researchers said.

The results suggest that the risks posed by violent video games goes beyond the well-studied impacts on aggression , said Brad Bushman, co-author of the study and professor of communication and psychology at The Ohio State University.

Bushman conducted the study with colleagues from Italy. Participants were 172 Italian high school students, aged 13 to 19.

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