Children who eat their lunch in front of the television consume more calories
Written By Betty van der Mark on Saturday, July 19, 2008 | 7:43 AM
A Canadian study has shown that children who eat their lunch in front of the television consume more calories than children who don't. It is the first time television and eating habits have been linked in this way to obesity issues.
Study funders the Canadian Institutes for Health Research said: "In effect, mindless television watching produces mindless eating. ... Anderson has some immediate advice for parents -- turn the television off during mealtime."
Overall, TV-watching children consumed 228 calories more during their meal than those who did not watch TV during lunch time.