Polished off a couple of bagfuls of sweets and chocolates at the cinema? Don’t worry, it was the film’s fault
Via: Gareth Morgans
If you have a penchant for action films and thrillers you might want to avoid the popcorn counter as a new survey suggests that they might make you snack more.
Researchers found participants gobbled twice as much while glued to a fast-paced action thriller than when they were watching something more sedate.
Cinema-goers were given equal amounts of M&Ms, cookies, carrots and grapes to snack on, and they were weighed before and after watching the films to track how much they had eaten (surveys can be so cruel).
Lead researcher Dr Aner Tal, from Cornell University in the US said: “More stimulating programmes that are fast-paced (and) include many camera cuts really draw you in and distract you from what you are eating.
"They can make you eat more because you’re paying less attention to how much you are putting in your mouth. Because of this, programmes that engage viewers more might wind up being worse for their diets."
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