"Esport players and gamers are all fat, unhealty and antisocial people"
I'm sure you have heard a lot of times some parts of this statement. Maybe even the whole sentence was said to you once or twice. Well first of all, it is not true, but if we want to be honest, there is some truth in it, just not like most people think. There are health issues amongst players, some of them are overweight, but the most are, on the contrary, underweight. On this diagram you can see the example of BMI of the professional players, based on the top 100 esport earnings. In the "normal" part the most are considered normal by BMI but are underweight.
HOW CAN PEOPLE BE UNDERWIGHT WHILE JUST SITTING?
You would be suprised but the human brain is only 2% of the weight of the body, but it consumes about 20% of the total energy in the body at rest. And ours is not at rest, we use it heavier than most, because we need to concentrate constantly for longer period of time. And also there is the feeling of 'flow' which means, you are concentrated on a single thing so much, you can forget your basic biological needs as well for example hunger.
If you are in this condition I suggest trying to gain weight trough training and consuming the necessary ammount of food and supplements.
Of course there are also the ones who are slightly or heavily overweight. For them I recommend training with a lot of cardio, and trying to quit the habit of bad food consuming, while in the flow feeling. Because usually for them with the flow comes a little urge to eat something. Which is usually chips, snacks or even worse.
MENTAL CONCENTRATION VS PHYSICAL MOVEMENT
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The cognitive spillover from exercise reminds us that our brains don’t operate in isolation. What you do with your body impinges on your mental faculties. Sitting still all day, every day, is dangerous. So don’t dither about what form of exercise you do. Find something you enjoy, then get up and do it.