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Two studies of the effect of television.(11 posts)

Two studies of the effect of television.dr hoo
Oct 19, 2003 5:11 AM
A study was recently released that showed watching television made you fat. Sitting and reading books, knitting, listening to music, reading magazines, or any other sedentary activity was not associated with being overweight, but television watching time was. Food ads causing more eating? The people that pay for the advertising think so.

Second study: I read about this a LONG time ago.

Researchers built a box. They could measure the amount of oxygen and co2 in the box. This let them measure the actual burn rate of occupants.

They had people from one group sit in the box and watch tv. Another group sat motionless and stared into space. Guess which group burned more calories?

The ones doing NOTHING!

Turns out, television will put human beings into a medatative state. Alpha waves (?) increase.... I think. Like I said, I read about it long ago.

If obesity is an epidemic, and public health measures are employed, television viewing should be considered a major risk factor.

Personally, I would not want my government taking much more than an educational role fighting a non-contagious health issue. Contagious diseases are a different story. When there is an airbore transmission of disease, the gloves are off... so to speak.

I could support a government program to show public service announcements about the negative effects of tv watching on the networks. Like warning labels on cigarette packs. But not much more than that.

Marx would say, if alive today, that Television is the Opiate of the Masses.
medatative state?DougSloan
Oct 20, 2003 6:34 AM
>medatative state

Hmm, with a busy, stressful lifestyle, might that be a good thing (not over-done, of course)?

Doug
Yes, that's my conclusion...Dwayne Barry
Oct 20, 2003 7:17 AM
if you want to relax TV is an excellent way of doing so.
with a beer in one hand--remote in the other (nm)ColnagoFE
Oct 20, 2003 7:59 AM
medatative state?Live Steam
Oct 20, 2003 7:33 AM
The studies appear to be based on circumstantial evidence. I think people eat while watching and don't do so while engaged in the other activities - it would be pretty hard to munch while knitting. TV is fine on many levels. It, like anything else should be done in moderation. Now more than ever, there are plenty of educational shows to view. There is also nothing wrong with watching something to relieve the mind of normal, everyday stresses.
my conclusion is differentmohair_chair
Oct 20, 2003 7:18 AM
Maybe the people in the box sitting motionless and staring into space burned more calories because they were silently enraged to be sitting in a box motionless and staring into space. After all, is recreating the experience of sitting in rush hour traffic really supposed to be relaxing???

Or, maybe they were in a meditative state. Hey, wait a minute, didn't TV put you in a meditative state too? Now I'm confused. I'm keeping my TV for now. There's too much good stuff to watch.

Nice to know there is a new weight loss method: sitting motionless in a box and staring into space. I'm sure it will sweep the nation.
New from Weight Watchers? The Slim Box! Only $19.95! (nm)ColnagoFE
Oct 20, 2003 8:05 AM
fine print: only works if suspended over a river (nm)DougSloan
Oct 20, 2003 8:23 AM
In all things, moderation.mdehner
Oct 20, 2003 10:43 AM
The biggest curse of television, in my opinion, lies in how habit-forming it can be.

"In fact, the researchers said, the definition used by mental health professionals to define substance addiction could easily apply to many TV watchers: 'spending a great deal of time using the substance; using it more often than one intends; thinking about reducing use or making repeated unsuccessful efforts to reduce use; giving up important social, family or occupational activities to use it; reporting withdrawal symptoms when one stops using it.'"

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That's why we keep ours off the beaten path in our home, to make it inconvenient to watch.
Yes. Exercise in moderationKristin
Oct 20, 2003 11:05 AM
Healthy eating in moderation. Thinking in moderation. Studying in moderation. And the most important: Working in moderation. This is the goal I am on presently. ;-)
substitute "internet discussion participants" for "tv watchers"loki_1
Oct 22, 2003 11:44 AM
and i think you have the same argument.