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Action films most likely to make you fat, says study

This handout picture released in Seoul on Aug. 16 shows a movie still of the South Korean action blockbuster film Myeongryang (Roaring Currents).

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Watching action films may make you more likely to pile on the pounds, according to US researchers.

Previous studies have suggested a link between television and obesity but the team at Cornell University tried to establish which genres of television were worst. The findings, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, showed that people snacked far more during action films. The authors said people should avoid snacking while watching television.

TV is linked to obesity because of junk-food advertising, sedentary behavior and distracting people so they do not realize how much they are eating.

The study followed 94 students who were given bowls of chocolate, biscuits, carrots or grapes while watching television. The scientists then compared how much food was consumed during the 2005 action movie, The Island, with a show based on one-to-one interviews.

They demonstrated that people had had nearly twice the amount of food by weight and consumed 65 percent more calories during the film.

(Courtesy of liberty times)








1. establish v.

查明;發現 (cha2 ming2; fa1 xian4)

例: Before we take any action we must establish the facts.


2. genre n.

類型 (lei4 xing2)

例: What genre does the book fall into - comedy or tragedy?


3. sedentary adj.

久坐的 (jiu3 zuo4 de5)

例: My doctor says I should start playing sport because my lifestyle is too sedentary.


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