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Does watching TV negatively impact our perceptions of food?

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An article by Science Daily has summarized the findings of a study by Appetite that looked at television programs and adverts showing the consumption of fast food.

Research from the study found that people who watched TV more thought that fast food had more positive effects than negative ones. They perceived the health risks to be lower than what they actually are, and their relationship with fast food was biased and not based on reality. The study consisted of 1000 adolescents, with ‘heavy TV watchers’ being ones who watched hours of TV per day.

This study further highlights just how damaging these activities could be for not only the health of teenagers but also their perceptions and attitudes toward fast food. As other research has demonstrated, childhood and adolescent-hood is an important time to learn and establish certain behaviours and views, especially when it comes to food. This further shows the importance of eating together as a family and demonstrating mindful eating in front of children.

Check out a few of our other blog posts on these topics including:

1. Healthy Eating Tips for Parents – The Antidote to “Destroying Your Kids Lives”

2. Tips and Ideas for Fussy Eaters

Read the article by Science Daily at http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/10/151019124029.htm

Read the study by Appetite at http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0195666315002561

Lisa Cutforth

Lisa Cutforth

Lisa Cutforth is a nutritionist, huge foodie, and owner (plus chef!) of Wholesomeness.

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