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U.N. health agency reclassifies 'gaming disorder' as an illness

WHO's decision-making body included it as a medical condition in a diagnostic manual for classifying diseases.

A passenger playing video games on a plane.
A passenger playing video games on a plane. (AN/Carlos Ebert) 

GENEVA (AN) — Playing video games to excess at the expense of work, school or relationships can now be diagnosed as a medical condition if it lasts more than a year, the World Health Organization agreed.

Delegates to the World Health Assembly, the decision-making body of the U.N. health agency, on Saturday approved the inclusion of a newly defined "gaming disorder" in the eleventh edition of WHO's diagnostic manual for classifying diseases, the first such update in nearly three decades.

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