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CreativeRachna
CreativeRac... , Child Professional, Teacher asks:
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Does watching excessive television increase mindless eating?

In Topics: Children and screen entertainment (TV & movies)
> 60 days ago

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JeanneBrockmyer
Feb 15, 2010
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What the Expert Says:

The short answer is yes, for many people.  However, this is only one of the issues with excessive tv watching.
Television is a great resource, but watching tv displaces other activities such as homework, creative play, and active play. Most parents trust their children's physical health to their pediatrician.  Pediatricians are also informed about media "diets." The American Academy of Pediatrics has specific recommendations (see website) for all ages of children.

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ASimon
ASimon writes:
Hi Rachna,
    Not only do most television programs and channels often include countless ads for unhealthy, highly processed foods, but there has been research supporting the consumption of more calories while viewing television. For example, children in one study ate around 230 more calories while watching television, while in another adults ate an extra 140. While this may not sound like much, the additional caloric intake with little to no energy expenditure can greatly affect overall health and weight gain.

Here are some reference articles regarding the matter:
http://www.reuters.com/article/healthNews/idUSPER95653920080709
http://www.healthandage.com/TV-and-Eating-Habits
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sb54
sb54 writes:
Yes.. in kids and in seniors who do nothing but watch tv. Eating comes from it being advertised at every turn, and from the kids/seniors not being active leading to boredom.
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kemmeye
kemmeye writes:
yes most of the time it does because you tend to just feel hungry after a while or it could be some of the ads which are about food
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heenal
heenal writes:
yes it is to sure  that to T.V. increases mindless eating and this way u can eat too much some time so be careful with that
good luck
heenal
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