Monday, April 17, 2006

2387 It's not the TV; it's the snacks

Why is an article about watching TV in a chronic disease journal, I wondered. So I took a peek. It was about obesity. Watching TV makes us fat. But I think you have to be eating while you watch it.

"More than 2 hours of television viewing per day was associated with a high mean body mass index and overweight or obesity in both men and women. Other characteristics associated with watching more than 2 hours of television per day were being 50 years of age or older, having a high school education or less, living in a household with income below 131% of the federal poverty level, and not being employed. Adults who watched more than 2 hours of television per day had high intakes of energy and macronutrients and were more likely to be overweight. They also obtained more energy from snacks and supper. A higher percentage of adults with health conditions watched more than 2 hours of television per day compared with adults without health conditions." Preventing Chronic Disease, April 2006

I don't snack while I watch TV in the living room because I don't want spots on the furniture or carpet. Now snacking while I blog. . .


Katherine said...

I've read stories like that too - they ARE assuming you're eating while watching TV. I also like to eat while blogging and even while reading a book. guess I better stop that!

American Daughter said...

Both watching TV and blogging will make you fat. But it is a two-pronged whammy.

There is a tendency to snack but that is only part of the problem. The other part in that your body is not active. Time spent with TV and blogging is subtracted from the time that you are active around the house (or whatever).

Alas, I am a personal testament to the sad truth of all this. Most bloggers are beginning to report weight gain, but it is a fairly new phenomenon and the medical journals have not caught on yet.

My blogging colleage V-Doc has threatened to get me an exercise bike with a laptop attached to the handlebars, powered only by leg action.

I said, "I already have an exercise machine." He is a West Highland terrier.