Cleburne Times-Review, Cleburne, TX

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September 4, 2012

Families urged to keep the TV off during meals

Eating during your favorite program can increase food intake

 

With fall TV season rapidly approaching as families adjust to their new school year routines, it’s easy for comedy and drama series fanatics to save time by eating dinner or an evening snack while catching their favorite program.

But eating while watching television, reading or even surfing the web can easily lead to overeating. 

A study performed at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore shows that a person’s food intake increases based on the amount of television they watched each day. 

Study results shows that eating food while watching television is a possible contributor to obesity. For one, it doesn’t let you pay attention to what you’re eating, how quickly you’re eating it or the size of the portions on your plate. Once you’re done eating, you remain in an inactive state as you continue sitting on the couch, chair or floor.

Research from the University of Massachusetts shows people who eat in front of the TV can eat an additional 288 calories and suggested eating at the table, followed by a one-hour walk. These two changes can eliminate around 527 calories. 

 

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