A study examines fitness and nutrition in eSports

Esports Eat Healthy

According to Univ.-Prof. dr Ingo Froboese, Director of the Institute for Movement Therapy and Movement Oriented Prevention and Rehabilitation, and Rolf Buchwitz, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of AOK Rheinland/Hamburg, the nutrition of German eSports players is healthy. Fast food and prepared products are consumed on average only twice a week. About half of the study participants, predominantly men (86%), cook for themselves at least five times a week. Sugar consumption is also lower than that of the general population.

On average, eSports players drink an energy drink a little more than once a week. According to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), the caffeine consumed is harmless to health. On the other hand, high meat consumption is a negative aspect of the eating habits of eSports players. Apart from vegetarian or vegan eSports players (14.8%), meat is consumed almost every day. The five portions of fruit and vegetables per day recommended by the German Nutrition Society (DGE), on the other hand, are only for a few eSportsmen (25%) and eSportsmen (15%).

Physically active despite eSports?

eSports players at lower performance levels sit at the computer for 20-25 hours a week in addition to work or school. For professionals, the average is 36.5 hours per week also sitting. Therefore, a corresponding balance through sports activities is essential from a health perspective.

According to the eSports Study 2021, the average physical activity of eSports players was nine and a half hours per week. This is well above the World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations for physical activity. In 2019, the majority of eSports gamers (84%) also played sports alongside their virtual competitions, but only just under half achieved the weekly minimum of two and a half hours of sports.

Physical ailments in eSports

Although eSports players, mostly young, spend most of their free time sitting down, physical discomfort is usually quite rare. According to the eSport 2022 study, these occur mainly in the neck or back area. Additionally, eSports players experience headaches more often, which the study authors say can also be explained by long screen times. According to health experts, the main problem is how eSports players deal with their health problems. About half of them are completely unaware of pain and other ailments. Only a third see a doctor if they have problems.

In addition to long screen times, the physical complaints of eSports players are also aided by the often poor ergonomics of their equipment. Only a few eSports gamers (16%) have a height-adjustable table and only half have a keyboard with a wrist rest. Furthermore, only a few eSports players actively pay attention to their posture when gaming.

wellness and relaxation

Overall, according to the 2020 eSports Study, most eSports players rate their health as good or very good. According to health experts, there is a need to improve, especially in terms of mental well-being. According to their assessment, almost half (47%) of esports players are moderately stressed and two percent are even severely stressed. It is notable that the level of individual perceived stress and the perception of health are perceived as more negative the more time eSports players dedicate to their hobby.

Specific effects are noted by eSports players mainly in terms of sleep behavior and sleep disturbances. A sixth (16.6%) of esports players tend to stay up later than expected due to their players. On average, eSports players sleep almost 40 minutes less on weekdays than the general population in Germany.


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