according to a new study watching good television makes you more prone to overeat. Jennifer Kwan of Reuters reports:Do you overeat? Well my friend, the answer to your problems is here—just watch some really bad TV! Why? Because
It seems that distracted brains do not notice what the mouth is doing, said Dr. Alan Hirsch, neurological director of the Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago.I wonder, do the fifty-billion commercials for junk food have something to do with it too?
Hirsch explored the impact of smell, taste and eating behaviors while watching TV by measuring potato chip consumption.
Forty-five volunteers ate as many chips as they wanted during five-minute intervals over three-week periods while they watched monologues by late-night talk show hosts David Letterman and Jay Leno.
They also were given chips to eat when the television was off.
Hirsch found people ate an average of 44 percent more chips while watching Letterman and 42 percent more while viewing Leno, than when they did not watch TV.