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Saturday, September 24, 2011

TV Viewing Linked To Unhealthy Eating

So? Whatcha gonna do, shut down the air waves?
Spending time in front of the television is linked to an increased consumption of unhealthy snacks and drinks according to a recent review by Loughborough University experts.

Dr Natalie Pearson and Professor Stuart Biddle of the University's School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences (SSEHS) reviewed 53 studies worldwide focussing on sedentary behaviour and dietary intake, and found a clear association between screen time and an unhealthy diet in children, adolescents and adults.

In particular, television viewing was strongly associated with the consumption of energy-dense snacks, drinks and fast food, and a lower consumption of fruit and vegetables.

Professor Biddle explains:

"Not only are television viewers exposed to numerous advertisements that can influence the type of food they desire and consume, but television can also act as a distraction, resulting in a lack of awareness of actual food consumption or overlooking food cues that may lead to overconsumption.
If this is the case, then, fatsos, try to be smarter than the idiot box.

Either way, once the fat have to pay for their diseases of choice, Slimmer World, here we come.

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