Belfast Telegraph

Home News Health

Viewing an action film can make you fat

By John Von Radowitz

Watching an action movie is worse for your waistline than tuning into a talk show, research has shown.

A study found that viewing choice has a direct effect on the amount of snacks people consume in front of the TV.

Volunteers gobbled twice as much while glued to a fast-paced action thriller than when they were entertained by celebrities being interviewed. Lead researcher Dr Aner Tal, from Cornell University in the US, said: "We find that if you're watching an action movie while snacking your mouth will see more action too.

"In other words, the more distracting the programme is the more you will eat."

Dr Tal added added that more stimulating programmes that are fast paced, include many camera cuts, "really draw you in and distract you from what you are eating" could be bad for your health.

"They can make you eat more because you're paying less attention to how much you are putting in your mouth. Because of this, programmes that engage viewers more might wind up being worse for their diets."

Belfast Telegraph

Popular

From Belfast Telegraph