Causes of Obesity and Weight Gain

There is a link between obesity and television, whether one will admit to it or not. It is a link which borders on the subtle allure that whatever people see in front of them, they will most likely want to have. These are the types of shows and commercialization that is happening in today’s media-driven world.

The United States has experienced dramatic increases in obesity among teenagers. There is a pressing need for innovative interventions to prevent obesity. There has been widespread speculation that television viewing might be one of the most easily modifiable causes of obesity among teens. This hypothesis has broad appeal, but has been difficult to validate. There are now proposals for an innovative experimental model. A lot of experiments are now going on to help curb obesity by using the medium of television.

There are studies which suggest that there are several significant factors that are responsible for obese people. One of these subtle factors is television. This is especially relevant for the young children of today which are more often than not brought up, not so much by obese parents, but by television. The days are long past when we could consider TV to be an innocent, innocuous part of daily life or a casual babysitter. It is a powerful, persuasive teacher and a primary companion to our children.

The statistical findings show the fact that the average teenager watches approximately 22,000 commercials – 5,000 of them for food products, the majority of which are high-sugar, high-calorie, and low-nutrition items. Research indicates that 67 percent of Saturday morning commercials are for sugared cereals, candy bars, and other sweets. Only 3 percent of TV food ads are for fruits and vegetables. The many varied observations on eating and obesity that have been made with animal subjects since the 1940s have recently inspired psychologists and physiologists to make novel observations on human subjects.

Considering that some members of the average family watch more than seven hours of TV per day, it is not surprising that contemporary research indicates that human development and behavior are affected by television to a degree far exceeding earlier judgments. Crash diets for the obese are often counterproductive. Severe dietary restrictions can interfere with the development of the brain, muscles and bones early in life and they may feel deprived and be inclined to partake in binge eating. Some nutritional experts maintain that behavioral programs for the obese are needed in order to address these problems.

The effect of media and television is far-reaching and it can never be definitely be undermined or else it will slowly but surely become an unstoppable force that will ultimately cater to each and every person’s literal physical appetite. The future link between television and obesity is still up in the air as of now but the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services should act accordingly if they are to stop this influential force from snowballing into something that will be too much for them to handle in the future.


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