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Watching Action Shows May Cause Weight Gain

By Miriam E. Tucker , , ,
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Watching action-packed TV shows while eating could cause weight gain, researchers say. In a study, 94 college students were randomly assigned to watch 20 minutes of either the action film The Island, with or without sound, or the interview show Charlie Rose. The students were given M&Ms, cookies, carrots, and grapes, and told to eat as much as they wanted. Participants who watched the action flick with sound ate 98 percent more food and 65 percent more calories than did those watching Charlie Rose. Even when they watched the action film without sound, people ate more food and more calories. The researchers’ advice: Avoid snacking altogether when watching distracting movies or TV shows, or at least stick to a portioned quantity of food.
Source: JAMA Internal Medicine, published online Sept. 1, 2014



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