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Is Watching TV Making You and Your Family Fat?

Watching TV

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  • The advent of the television era was instrumental in changing the way Americans regard food, snacking and the family dinner, and may have triggered the obesity epidemic that’s facing the US today
  • As television watching became the national pastime, food makers changed their products to be ‘TV friendly’ and advertisers used popular celebrities and TV characters to promote their processed foods
  • Snacking and TV dinners in front of the television replaced the traditional family dinner
  • Obesity has doubled among US adults between 1990 and 2010, while annual medical care costs related to the condition are estimated to be $147 billion

By Dr. Mercola

Grabbing a soda and a bag of chips and planting yourself on the couch to take in a couple of your favorite shows is as American as, well, apple pie. But it hasn't always been that way, as some of you reading this probably remember.

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