Television Shown To Influence Eating Habits

People who tend to eat dinner in front of the glow of the television may want to take note of recent study findings, which suggest that this habit may be distracting them from their food choices while simultaneously inundating them with commercials for fatty and sugary treats.

In a review of 53 studies examining the link between sedentary behavior and eating habits, researchers at Loughborough University's School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences found a direct correlation between mealtimes spent while watching TV and the consumption of unhealthy snacks, beverages and fast food.

Authors of the study said this may cause people to be less cognizant of the foods they are eating, since their attention is divided between visual entertainment and their meals. Additionally, advertisements for certain products can have an impact on cravings.

The researchers noted that interventions aimed at encouraging healthy meals eaten at the dinner table should be geared toward parents.

"The more time children and adolescents spend sedentary in front of a screen, the more likely they are to eat unhealthy foods," said co-author Natalie Pearson.

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