39. Do not eat with distractions
And by distraction we mostly mean watching television. More and more often we hear that eating in front of the TV is not a healthy habit, not only we tend to consume more, when distracted by the silver screen, we also tend to stay longer in front of the TV, then when having an old fashioned dinner with the family. David Burley, assistant professor of sociology is one of the many scientists who are against having a meal in front of the TV:
“The concern is we tend to eat much more when we are taken away by the television,” Burley said. “This is not a good practice in a society that has a growing obesity epidemic, as well as dramatic rises in obesity-related diseases like Type 2 Diabetes, which The Centers for Disease Control predicts one of three people will have by 2050.”
Not a pretty picture, huh? So, why don't we break this unhealthy habit now and turn that TV off, at least, at those times when we are having a nice meal? Same goes for movies and various shows, when distracted, we eat more than we need or even want to. So, make sure you have a meal before heading out for a movie night with your friends!