From Cornell University:
Can watching dramatic television make you fat?
Yes, according to a new
Cornell Food and Brand Lab study published this week in the Journal of
the American Medical Association: Internal Medicine.
The study finds
that fast-paced television programs might lead people to eat twice as
“More stimulating programs that are fast paced and include many
camera cuts, really draw you in and distract you from what you’re
eating,” said lead author Aner Tal, post-doctoral researcher at the
Cornell Food and Brand Lab. “They can make you eat more because you’re
paying less attention to how much you are putting in your mouth.”
In the study people snacked on chocolates, cookies, carrots and
grapes while watching 20 minutes of different television and movie
genres. Those who watched an action movie ate almost twice as many
snacks – 98 percent more – than those watching a news talk show.
“The good news for action movie lovers, is they can choose to eat
healthy foods while watching their favorite shows,” according to
co-author Brian Wansink, Professor of Marketing and Director of the
Cornell Food and Brand Lab, “Take advantage of this!”
To see a video explaining the research, go to http://foodpsychology.cornell.edu/OP/watch-what-you-eat