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Watch What You Eat:  Action-Related Television Content Increases Food Intake ONLINE FIRST

Aner Tal, PhD1; Scott Zuckerman, MD2; Brian Wansink, PhD1
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1Food and Brand Lab, Department of Applied Economics and Management, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York
2Department of Neurological Surgery, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee
JAMA Intern Med. Published online September 01, 2014. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2014.4098
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Television (TV) has generally been blamed for helping make Americans overweight1 owing to both its distracting influence and its encouragement of a sedentary lifestyle.24 Indeed, a recent correlational analysis5 of dinner patterns illustrated that the frequency of TV viewing during dinner was 1 of the 2 largest correlates of adult and child body mass index.

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Sample Camera Cuts and Sound Fluctuations in Different Television (TV) Programs

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High Sensory Distraction Television Shows Encourage Greater Food Intake

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