TV makes kids fat

Children who eat meals whilst watching TV, eat more food than they need - according to a recent study anyway. The researchers worked with 24 children and their mothers, feeding them lunch over 4 days. On two of the 4 days a cartoon was played during the meal.

The lead researcher on the projest suggested that TV viewing may distract children from normal fullness cues which can lead to overeating in children as it may in adults.

It's American research, so might not bear out in the UK, but somehow I suspect it will. So the secret is - make children concentrate on enjoying their food and not on the TV at meal times.