How Tv Turns Up Snacking Habits

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If you’re watching your weight, it might be a good idea to start watching less television. A review out of Loughborough University has found that spending time in front of the TV is linked to an increased consumption of unhealthy snacks and beverages.

Experts reviewed 53 different studients that concentrated primarily on sedentary behavior and dietary consumption. To no surprise, they determined that television viewing is strongly linked to a lower consumption of fruit and vegetables and to a higher consumption of energy-dense snacks, drinks and fast food. The authors noted that when watching television, viewers are both exposed to advertisements that can influence food cravings and may also be distracted from how much they might be eating.

Because similar behaviors exist between children and adults, it’s recommended that any interventions address both parents and children. What strategies do you use in your home to cut back on television viewing?

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