Tv Obesity Essay

1363 Words Feb 7th, 2016 6 Pages
David Coleman-Roush
Dr. Isaac
ENGL 101-D12
19 April 2015
The Couch-Potato Conundrum: TV leads to obesity In contemporary society, the most consumed medium in almost every household across the world is television. People spend a considerable amount of time watching television. Some studies indicate that in an average 65-year lifespan, an individual spends 9 years watching television (Jenvey 811). It is then not surprising to realize that the average person spends 22 hours each week watching television (Jenvey 811). An average American household has 2.24 TVs with an estimated 6 million videos rented daily (Jensen 811). The consequences of spending such a considerable amount of time watching television are weight gain and obesity. The
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Consuming foods with high fat content also leads to weight gain since the body prefers to store fat rather than convert it to energy. The metabolic breakdown of fat into usable energy for the body is far more tedious than sugar (Vik et al. 2). Consequently, consuming foods with high fat content leads to the continued storage of the extra fat in different parts of the body, resulting in weight gain. Hence, extended consumption of these foods leads to obesity.
Watching television sustains such extended periods where people consume high-calorie and high-fat foods while remaining inactive which limits the bodies ability to metabolize the food adequately therefore making storage the only viable option (Vik et al. 7). Unfortunately, for the consumer, this results in obesity. In addition, regularly consuming such unhealthy foods reduces the amount of vegetables and fruits the viewer consumes, hastening weight gain and the onset of obesity (Jenvey 812). The television content also sustains the popular consumption of these meals while watching television, as does the movie theater. Television is the leading medium for marketing and advertisements because of its ability to reach a large population of people instantly. Much of the fast food industries marketing and advertisements targets children through commercials depicting the latest packages and deals at competing fast food establishes and franchises. According to Vandewater, Shim and

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