Action Films Could Lead to Overeating
the MPR take:
If you frequently eat while watching television (TV), the type of TV programming viewed could impact the amount of food you consume. Ninety-four undergraduate students were randomly assigned to one of three types of television programming to view for 20 minutes: an excerpt from an action movie, an interview program, or the action movie excerpt sans sound. Participants were informed that they could eat as much as they wished of candies, cookies, carrots, and grapes, which were weighed before and after the programs to estimate the amount consumed. The group watching the action movie (with highly stimulating and distracting programming via camera cuts and sound variations) consumed 98% more grams of food and 65% more calories than the group watching the interview program. Participants watching the soundless action movie also consumed more food (36%) and calories (46%) than those watching the interview program. Results indicate that distracting programs with high variations in action and sound can lead to a greater likelihood of consuming food. Those wishing to control their food intake may want to use proportioned servings of snacks to avoid overeating.
Television (TV) has generally been blamed for helping make Americans overweight, owing to both its distracting influence and its encouragement of a sedentary lifestyle.