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Television May Be the Cause for Unhealthy Snacking


In a new study conducted, it was found that unhealthy snacking habits in kids could be linked to them watching television. Watching television has links to eating junk food. This could be due to the commercials that have a psychological effect on you and make you feel the urge to eat something even though your body is not really hungry.
Television May Be the Cause for Unhealthy Snacking
This study was showcased at the American College of Cardiology’s 63rd Annual Scientific Session. Approximately one thousand kids from middle school, in the Southeast Michigan region participated in Project Healthy Schools. There were questions asked on the kind of television they watched and the duration and frequency. They were even asked questions on their lifestyle and snacking habits, such as which food and beverages do they normally consume while watching television. Then the students were checked for cholesterol levels, height, weight and how fast they recovered after a period of exertion.

The participants were mainly divided into 3 groups – children who watched television for less than 30 minutes a day, children who watched television for 2-6 hours a day and even kids who played video or computer games for anywhere between 2-6 hours a day. Their snacking habits were even recorded and compared.

It was no shock that researchers found that children who spent more time in front of the television were more likely to snack more. Also, their choice of snacks was extremely unhealthy. They even found that kids who watched more television as compared to playing video games ate more junk food and fatty foods.

“The more we can change behavior early on to promote healthy weight and dietary habits, the more likely we will be able to reduce adult-related problems including heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure,” said study senior author Elizabeth Jackson, M.D., M.P.H., associate professor, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, University of Michigan Systems, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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