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    Default TV ads may spur snacking in kids as young as two

    Lisa Rapaport
    Wed Nov 23, 2016

    (Reuters Health) - - Mindless snacking in front of the television set may start long before children know how to work the remote control, a U.S. study suggests.
    In an experiment with 60 kids aged 2 to 5 years, researchers focused on how advertising influences what’s known as eating in the absence of hunger.
    They gave all the children a healthy snack to make sure they had a full belly, and then sat the kids down to watch a TV program with ads for Bugles corn chips or for a department store.
    All of the kids had Bugles corn chips and one other snack in front of them while they watched the show. Children who saw ads for the corn chips ate 127 calories on average, compared to just 97 calories for kids who didn’t see Bugles on the screen, researchers report in Pediatrics.

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    Default Re: TV ads may spur snacking in kids as young as two

    Even without an ad, if I had Bugles just sitting in front of me I'd eat them too even if I weren't watching TV. People are animals. It's natural.

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    Default Re: TV ads may spur snacking in kids as young as two

    I disagree that this is natural behavior. I eat when I'm hungry. I think very young children, if left to make their own choices, do the same, and refuse food when they are satisfied. I don't know a bugle from a trumpet, but I doubt I'd eat them in any case unless I was seriously hungry. Yes, people are animals, and non-human animals don't eat when not hungry. One of my cats likes yogurt and cashews, but is satisfied after a few morsels and won't take more when offered.
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