Put down my remote? This one?!
When I have the need to spend time resting, I like to channel-surf on the TV. I like old movies, Mariners baseball games, news, and also the Food network. Yeah. I really enjoy watching those chefs whip up spectacular gastronomical delights. Which always whips up a corresponding appetite. So I wasn't surprised at all to see this:
Watching Cooking Shows Could Make You Fat
Put down the remote—new research links cooking shows, higher BMI
You’ve heard it before—cooking at home saves you money and can save you from the gigantic portions, high calorie counts and expense of eating out. But don’t be so quick to flip to your favorite cooking show for inspiration. New research suggests that cooking shows (which are ) could make you fat.
A team of researchers from Cornell University surveyed 501 females between 20 and 35 years of age, asking questions about cooking habits, weight and height, and how respondents found new recipes. They learned that when it comes to cooking shows, there are two kinds of people—“viewers,” who merely watch food on TV, and “doers” who try the recipes they see on cooking shows. The study found that “doers” had higher body mass index (BMI) than those who merely viewed—and that, on average, they weighed 11 pounds more than their non-cooking counterparts.