Mom, the TV killed my diet

Oz study ties couch potatoes to obesity

SYDNEY — Everything your mother ever said about TV watching is now officially true. Couch potatoes live in a “different dietary environment” to those who watch less TV, and they are in danger of becoming tele-tubbiesque, junk food-eating fatties, according to an Oz study.

Research by the University of Tasmania claims to confirm a link between high levels of teenage TV gazing and junk food consumption, going as far as to suggest above-average levels of TV watching can generally be used as an indicator of eating habits and obesity.

Most popular foods for the high TV-watching subjects among the 2,082 Australians in the state of Tasmania studied were high-calorie meat pies, soft drinks (presumably not diet) and french fries. They were less likely to eat apples, tomatoes and tangerines or drink orange juice than those watching less TV.

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