Look at it this way: If you play MMOs, you’re likely not fat. Congratulations. A new study (yes, someone paid money to find this stuff out) that the stereotype no longer fits.
However, the study conducted by the Palo Alto Research Center, does have some other grim news for you. After quizzing 7,000 players, they found many to be headed for or involved in substance abuse. Ouch. Scott Caplan, a team member, figures it’s because they “use the game to help deal with emotional distress.” Also surprising is that while not as many women play MMOs as men, they do tend to indulge in longer sessions.
Note that all of these conclusions were made in Everquest only. There’s an off chance the results would vary, though 7,000 is a solid number to ensure accuracy.