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Study: Watching Boring Stuff on TV Causes You to Eat Way More

According to a new study from researchers in Sweden, watching boring TV shows may be bad for your diet. The team from Uppsala University studied a group of women as they watched “engaging comedies” as well as boring televised lectures. The results showed that watching boring stuff on TV actually causes you to eat 52% more. From TIME: “The study authors conclude that it’s the level of excitement in our TV shows that may determine the amount we chow—not the act of watching (or reading) itself.” The team produced similar results when subjects were asked to read something boring, though the snack intake percentage wasn’t as dramatic. We’re just going to say it: Downton Abbey is causing you to overeat …

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