Breaking: Technology makes people fat*

Colbert_snacks_lTechnology that requires sitting, that is. I don’t think the Archive of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine‘s study accounted for Wii Tennis, now did it, Archive of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine? According to the study, cutting kids’ TV and computer time in half made them eat less and therefore lose weight. One of the authors said, ""Viewing cartoons with embedded food commercials can increase choice ofthe advertised item in preschoolers, and television commercials mayprompt eating." And so, clearly, could The Colbert Report from May 1, 2007 (pictured, don’t ask). How is this study for real? Like everything I look at every day doesn’t already make me want to shovel in a snack cake. As if! Seriously, though… is there anything on TV or the Internet that does not warrant the tag "may prompt eating"? Your suggestions, below.

*This blog post may prompt eating.

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  • RP

    What was the point of this study? “In general, eating less makes people lose weight.” NO! Really?
    This says more about society than it does about the technology itself. Both parents have to work to keep the family afloat but all they hear on the news is kids going missing or getting kidnapped. So they keep their child indoors all the time because they don’t have time to go outside and watch them while they play. Latchkey kids get to the food while their parents aren’t home.
    As for stuff that doesn’t prompt eating: anything gross. The dirtier episodes of “Dirty Jobs”, medical surgery shows, etc. On the Internet it would be gross-out viral videos and food recalls.

  • BrandonK

    Any of those gory shows like “Dexter” or “CSI” would not prompt eating for me, and that new show about weird foods. Ugh.

  • BrandonK

    OH! And I can’t eat during or after “How Clean is your House” on BBC America. Disgusting every time.

  • Snarf

    In related news, water – wet, sky – blue, earth – round.
    I try to avoid eating when I watch TV as I tend to eat more. And if the food is crunchy (chips..Mmmmmm chips) all the crunching is very distracting.

  • Kay

    I wish these experts who come up with these brilliant observations (apparent to seemingly everyone but them) would spend their time researching something that needs researching instead of competing for the title of “Masters of the Bleeding Obvious”.

  • cimagato

    I knew it wasn’t my fault. It’s TV! It has nothing to do with eating Doritos for breakfast. Nothing.

  • furry_tom

    The AV Club’s taste test segment. I came into work all hungry this morning, read about that great German treat “cheeseburger in a can” and was magically unhungry, possibly for the rest of my life.

  • kats

    CSI, House, anything medical, particularly if there is surgery involved. If my stomach is turning from the images on the screen, I don’t want a snack. In related news, Pushing Daisies has caused me to want to eat more….mmmmmmmmmm pie……..

  • SG

    Every time I watch “Sopranos” it takes every fiber of my being not to whip up some [insert Italian food here]

  • David

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