TV during meals could result in overeating

July 9, 2008 2:57:56 PM PDT
Serving up the TV along with your child's meals could increase the amount of food they eat. A University of Toronto nutritionist found that kids who watch TV while eating lunch took in an extra 228 calories compared to those who ate without television.

It's thought that the preoccupation with TV overrides a person's ability to know when to stop eating. In effect, the research concludes that mindless TV watching produces mindless eating.

Researchers advice to parents: turn off the TV off during mealtime.

The Canadian Institutes for Health Research funded this study.


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