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Thursday 16 August 2018

Fast-paced films will make you eat more

Watching an action movie is worse for your waistline than tuning into a talk show, research has shown.

A study found volunteers gobbled twice as much while glued to a fast-paced thriller than when they were entertained by celebrities being interviewed.

Lead researcher Dr Aner Tal, from Cornell University in the US, said: "We find that if you're watching an action movie while snacking, your mouth will see more action too. The more distracting the programme is, the more you will eat."

The 94 students taking part in the study were allowed to snack on M&M sweets, biscuits, carrots and grapes while watching TV for 20 minutes.

STIMULATING

A third of the volunteers were shown part of the sci-fi action movie The Island, starring Ewan McGregor and Scarlett Johansson.

Another third viewed the same excerpt with no sound, while the remainder watched the Charlie Rose Show, a popular American chat show.

Co-author Prof Brian Wansink said: "People who were watching The Island ate almost twice as many snacks - 98pc more than those watching the talk show. Even those watching The Island without sound ate 36pc more."

"More stimulating programmes that are fast-paced and include many camera cuts really draw you in and distract you from what you are eating," Dr Tal added.

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