Everyone knows that a TV watching couch potato has a higher risk of gaining weight, but do you know why? It is more than just the inactivity that contributes to weight gain. TV commercials advertise unhealthy foods which can influence eating choices. Additionally, when eating while watching TV your focus is not on how much is eaten, so it is easy to get too much. So inactivity, poor food choices and overeating all make long periods of TV watching a definite risk factor for overweight and obesity. So when you eat – do just that and nothing else. Turn off all devises (TV, computer, and cellphone) and focus on enjoying the smell, taste, and texture of the food.
Harvard News (2016) ‘Binge-watching’ TV not good for the waistline. Retrieved from: http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/hsph-in-the-news/binge-watching-tv-not-good-for-waistline/