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People eat more when watching Letterman, Leno.

In 2007, American News, Art, canada, chicago, chips, comedy, crazy, Crazy news, david letterman, dvd, entertainment, Humour, jay leno, late night, Life, Odd News, People, Places, psychological, TV, Uncategorized, United States, USA, World News on June 4, 2007 at 2:03 am


Chin meet Daddy.

The more entertaining the program, the more youre likely to eat. That’s according to research presented in Canada by Dr Alan Hirsch from Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago.

Dr Hirsch explored the impact of smell, taste and eating behaviours on people while watching TV by measuring potato chip consumption.

45 volunteers ate as many chips as they wanted during five-minute intervals over three-week periods while they watched monologues by late-night US talk show hosts David Letterman and Jay Leno.

Dr Hirsch found people ate an average of 44 per cent more chips while watching Letterman and 42 per cent more while viewing Leno, than when they did not watch TV. Clearly proving that David Letterman is more entertaining.

“If you can concentrate on how the food tastes you’ll eat less because you’ll feel full faster… so if that’s the case, let’s look at the opposite. What if you’re distracted? If you’re distracted, in theory, then you’d eat more,” Dr Hirsch said  

Many studies have linked obesity to watching television and that link is likely due to inactivity, Dr Hirsch said. But perhaps entertaining shows are also contributing.

“If you want to lose weight, turn off the television or watch something boring,” he said.

So switching off Jay and David for less entertaining programming might just be the new weight loss fad. You heard it here first.

   Mmmm, salty snacks.

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