11/16/2012 12:30:00 PM

Are TV Cooking Shows Making Us Fat?

Heston's Fantastical Food on Channel 4
You can barely change the channel these days without coming across a cooking show. From Gordon Ramsay to Ottolenghi's Mediterranean Feast, The Great British Bake Off or Heston Blumenthal's super-sized food show, we're watching almost as much food as we are eating. And while it was once thought that food-related programmes encouraged the masses to cook and eat healthy, it seems we might have been wrong as scientists now believe that these shows affect behaviour by triggering the desire for fatty, sugary foods.

The Telegraph has reported on an experiment by psychologists at an American university that showed those watching a food show ate more chocolate covered sweets and less raw carrots than those watching nature programmes. Yes, it is sad news, but we can't say we are surprised. We'll stick to our favorite food shows - and the chocolate covered sweets, thanks.

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