Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Turn Off That Tube

Unless you’ve had your head in the sands for the past decade, you know that weight loss and heart health come with eating nutritious foods and exercising. Hey, the taste isn’t the only reason I pick margarine over better every day – it’s also for my health!

But, new research shows that the number of televisions in your home can also affect your health. I suppose it makes – TV + comfy couch = sedentary Emma. The study examined 167 people who lost at least 10 percent of their body weight and here’s the important part – kept it off for at least five years.

According to HealthDay:

Those who lost weight and kept it off were about three to four times more likely to exercise than those who were obese or overweight. They were also about 1.4 to 1.6 times more likely to spend time thinking about restraining their food intake, considering things like calories.

Those who lost weight had fewer televisions in their home and less high-fat food on hand. They also had more exercise equipment in their homes, the study authors noted.

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