Are thrillers making us fat?
One thing’s for certain — new research shows that the snack bowl sees a lot more action when TV viewers watch action movies than when roulette sniper watch other kinds of programming.
For a study just published in the Journal of the American Medical Association: Internal Medicine, researchers at Cornell University had 94 undergraduates munch on M&Ms, cookies, carrots, and grapes while watching 20 minutes of TV. One-third of the students watched the Michael Bay thriller “The Island,” one-third watched the talk show “Charlie Rose”, and one-third third watched “The Island” without sound.
The students who watched “The Island” ate 98 percent more than did those who watched the talk show, consuming 354 calories compared to 215 for the “Rose” watchers. Even those who watched “The Island” without sound still ate substantially more calories (314) than those who watched Charlie Rose.
What explains the different snacking pattern?
“Stimulating programs that include rapidly up and down, really dragging many camera cuts, and divert it, what you eat,” said Dr. Aner Valley, a researcher at the University food and brand lab and lead author of the study, in a written statement. “they can make you eat more, because you pay less attention on How much you put in your mouth.”
To avoid indulging on junk during this Chase, the researchers recommend more easily available healthy snacks.
Action movies are Of course not the only weight gain enabler. Previous studies showed that cooking shows seem to win more unhealthy food as nature programs. And other research has shown that only good television increases the appetite.
Seems, that we can’t win the weight battle looking at the tube Do it?.