Teen Couch Potatoes Eat Poorly Later: Docs

TV ads may play a role in the trend
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted Feb 11, 2009 3:07 PM CST

(Newser) – Teenage couch potatoes grow into adults who consume more junk food than their peers, Reuters reports. Kids who reported watching 5 or more hours of TV daily later ate more fast food and fewer fruits and veggies than teens who tuned in for 2 hours or less. The lead researcher speculates that more tube time leads to more snacking—and to exposure to more ads for less-healthy snacks.