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Turn off TV during meals or kids may get fat

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

You've probably heard this suggestion on our site before, but here's a new study that reinforces the idea: Watching TV during mealtime can lead to overeating. This study demonstrates that it not only applies to adults, but to our kids as well.

A study from the University of Toronto found that kids who watched TV while eating lunch took in 228 calories more than those who ate without the television on.

Why would this be? One theory is that eating while watching TV overrides our ability to know when to stop eating. Think about it- you get engrossed in your favorite show, and by the end of the hour you realize you've eaten a whole bag of chips when you meant to eat only a handful. TV distracts us from paying attention to how much we've consumed and when we're full.

So turn the TV off during meals- for you and your kids! Spend this time catching up on the day's events, sharing stories and finding out what's going on in your families lives. If you live alone, it's a great time to quietly unwind after a busy day.

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Member Comments About This Blog Post
    This also is my downfall. I run a business at home, and due to my weight, i dont walk anymore(soon to change)
    I agree, we come home from work we sit we are tired and watch tv and eat.

    Agreed, bad habit!
    Michele emoticon
    4602 days ago
  • no profile photo DEZFAITHLADY
    Unfortunately I had gotten into a bad habit of watching television while eating, and I noticed that I never seemed to get full. I always had room for more. I agree with the article 100%. It's a dangerous habit to get into. emoticon
    4604 days ago
    Wow...I did not know this. My little boy is kindy of on the chubby side and he is addicted to Disney Hanna Matanna. Well no more eating while watching tv. Thanks.
    4604 days ago
    it is interesting to know that and it very helpfull thanks for the info
    4617 days ago
    I ....am...at...this very moment...prying...the ..clicker..out ..of . my ..DH's grasping ...hand. Boy is he ever strong. I have wanted the TV off during meals ever since I was subjected to the Vietnam war at dinnertime as a kid. Thanks for the input. luv emoticon viv
    4617 days ago
  • no profile photo CD3343212
    Yes, I really wasn't too surprise at how little time is spent really playing or exercising kids do- I mean look at the adults! Between work & TV, almost none do anything else. Unless their a little sport crazy!
    Watching the TV during meals has become pretty much the all time 'baby sitter' No wonder it influences meal choices so much!
    4618 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/16/2008 12:33:13 PM
    I dont let my kids eat dinner infront of the tv ever, we do however watch tv once a month during lunch as a treat.
    4618 days ago
    I'm also turning ours off starting today! Thank you so much for this information. It really makes sense!
    4618 days ago
    It's already a rule in our house. Dinner is our together time. We also have a rule that the tv doesn't go on until everyone's homework is completely finished.
    4618 days ago
  • KITT52
    I'm turning it off starting today.

    Thanks again for the info.

    4618 days ago
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