Taking Snacks at your
keyboard makes you eat more
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London, (IANS) Many of us
absentmindedly reach for snacks with one hand while tapping away on the keyboard
with the other. Now scientists say that eating at your desk makes you far more
likely to snack later in the day.
Researchers from the University of Bristol were studying the ways in which
memory and attention influence our appetite.
They asked one group of participants to eat a lunch that comprised nine
different foods while playing Solitaire - a computerised card-sorting game,
reports the Daily Mail.
They gave a second group the same lunch but provided no distractions. The team
found those who played Solitaire felt less full after lunch.
The effect was long-lasting as half an hour later the participants who played
the computer game ate around twice as many chocolate biscuits as the
At the end of the test session, the distracted participants also found it more
difficult to remember what order they had eaten the food items provided for
The scientists said their findings showed that distraction during one meal can
lead to increased food intake later in the day, which could have a significant
impact on obesity.
Lead author Jeff Brunstrom from Bristol University said: 'When people think
about memory, they think about remembering shopping lists and people's names and
things like that.'
Previous studies have noted a similar effect at work on people who eat while
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