28 January 2011

Eating in front of TV is bad for your health

The deluge of televisions in restaurants experts say, are threatening people's health, leading them to eat more of the wrong foods and eroding the socialising that makes mealtime special.

David Burley was excited about a new restaurant opening in his town. However, as an assistant professor of sociology at Southeastern Louisiana University, he wasn't thrilled that the eatery would be serving heaping helpings of flat-screened TVs - one in every booth - along with its family fare.

Several studies over the past decade have linked prolonged TV watching with obesity. Scientists analysing the Nurses' Health Study in 2003 looked at 50,000 women aged 30 to 55, finding their odds of obesity rising 23% and their risk of type 2 diabetes rising 14% for every additional two hours of television time they logged.

Why eating in front of TV is bad for you


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