Do you watch TV while eating?

@daliaj (5681)
India
July 14, 2009 11:52pm CST
I do that all the time now. But, when I was staying with my parents, my mom never allowed me to watch TV while eating. The fact is we watch TV and end up eating a lot. Usualy in many homes, parents won't allow kids to do both at the same time. Do you watch TV while eating? Do you allow your kids to do that? Do you think you end up eating a lot?
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36 responses
@pals101 (2011)
• Philippines
15 Jul 09
The same goes for me, i love to watch tv while eating.. i don't know when it started but whenever I'm at home, i am not satisfied eating if i don't watch tv..hahah
@daliaj (5681)
• India
15 Jul 09
Lol. It is difficult to change a habit when we get used to it. In this case, you have to make sure that you are not eating too much concentrating on TV. If you are able to maintain your health, I mean your body weight, I don't think there is harm in eating food while watchign TV. Thanks for the response.
@glesil_00 (1143)
• Philippines
15 Jul 09
Eating while watching tv sometimes make me enjoy eating and i don't notice that i already eat a lot. There are time i wanted to watch while eating but there are times i do not want. If the tv program or show is good then i will watch while eatign and sometimes it depends on my mood.
@pals101 (2011)
• Philippines
16 Jul 09
yeah, i know..i should be conscious with my weight..thats why i do some sports like badminton and basketball..^_^
@calyxus (827)
• Philippines
15 Jul 09
I love eating while watching TV, it's my hobby! LOL And it's true, I end up eating a lot... Maybe my appetizer is up when i'm watching TV.
@daliaj (5681)
• India
15 Jul 09
I don't think it is because appetizer is up.When we are watching TV we are concentrating too much on it and we don't know or we don't keep an accont of the food we eat. So, we end up eating a lot regardless of the taste of the food or how much you like the food. It is not advisible to have a lot of snacks. Please take care. Thanks for the resposne.
@calyxus (827)
• Philippines
15 Jul 09
Oh so that's how you view it. Well, for me, it really seems that my taste buds are up. Anyways, happy mylotting!
@vinslounge (1297)
• India
15 Jul 09
I always eat while watching TV and that is the only time I get to watch TV admist my work schedule. I never watch TV that regularly. Only if there is a Cricket Match, I would watch TV and during my Dinner time, I watch the News channel in TV. My parents say that watching TV while eating is a very bad habit and they would never allow me to do that in my childhood. But nowadays I always watch TV while I am eating.
@daliaj (5681)
• India
15 Jul 09
Yes, all the parents are like that. They want to take care of their children a lot and they won't allow it. But at the same time I understand your situation that the only free time you find to watch TV is the time you eat. I can't blame you for that, but please make sure that you are not concentrating much on TV and eating a lot. Health is wealth. So, please make sure to maintain health.
@Archie0 (5077)
15 Jul 09
We have a TV in our dining room, so yes. It sounds weird I know, but we still have family meals and stuff.
@preethaanju (3000)
• India
15 Jul 09
We dont have a TV at home. But when we did have one, i prefered to watch TV and eat, when the food was not to my liking or tasty. I wanted it to enter my stomuch, without my knowledge and fully focused on the TV show. This way i didnt waste my food nor hurt my mom who would be sad for going to bed empty stomuch
@daliaj (5681)
• India
15 Jul 09
That is a good trick to eat food even though it is not tasty or interesting for you. But, it should not be taken in the other way of eating too much food regardless of the factor that they like it or not. I have seen some mothers giving food to kids showing cartoon channels if they hesitate to have food. I don't think it is good. The kids will get used to eating food watching TV.
@jlamela (4906)
• Philippines
15 Jul 09
Yes, I do it sometimes, but only at dinner. It's my one way of relaxing my mind and body after a busy day. I always felt some peace when I am watching TV during dinner especially if I am eating alone. But I know it's a bad habit and I am trying now to correct it because the moment I get married and have kids, I will never allow my kids to watch TV during meals, I want them to concentrate on eating.
@daliaj (5681)
• India
15 Jul 09
It is good to hear that atleast you know that it is not a good practice for kids and you have decided not to follow the same thing with kids. I also feel relaxed when I watch TV while eating. If I am alone, I feel bored to eat alone, so I will end up watching TV. Thanks for the response.
@busky5 (3165)
• Thailand
15 Jul 09
Everybody in my house like to eat when i watch TV.I don't have more time to do everytime one by times.Some family may think, this is not good behavior to do this.
@daliaj (5681)
• India
15 Jul 09
This happens in many families even though we know that it is not the right way to follow and it is difficult to stop the habit on a sudden. In this case, you have to make sure that none of the family members are eating too much food and getting fat. It is not good for health to put on so much weight. If you are able to take care of this properly, I don't think there is harm in eating food while watching TV.
@kapeed85 (138)
• India
11 Oct 09
I always watch TV while eating. I think this will help to eat more and kids will also eat food without any hesitation while watching TV. I don't think this is not a bad habit.
@dex1007 (556)
• Malaysia
16 Jul 09
I don't. I try not to. But my dad likes watching the news, and usually the nightly news falls right at dinner time. So not matter who turns the tv off he will turn it on. And it bugs me.. like crazy. coz here i am trying to eat my dinner slowly, savor it. (coz its healthier that way) and i have to listen to swine flu got infection cases. deaths here. murders there. pissed it i tell you. I don't get it why older people are so obsessed with news. yeah i get it, what goes on around the world is important. but come on.... he surfs the net to read news, he listens to news in the car. and dinner too??? i don't like it.
@kissie34 (2295)
• Philippines
16 Jul 09
Me too, I also do that. Even when I was in 8 years old, I eat while watching TV. My parents allowed us to do that for as long as we finish the foods in our plate and we don't take too long in eating our foods. Well, it depends in the food that I eat. Sometimes I end up eating a lot but sometimes don't. if the foods on the table are my favorites then I can eat a lot of foods.
• China
16 Jul 09
sometimes watch on the computer ,I have no tv.
@yogambal_64 (1016)
• India
16 Jul 09
Hi,Watching the tv while eating is a bad habit and all of us know that, But, I do have that habit, my kids do often watch the tv while eating inspite of repeated warnings. My husband is totally against it and keeps on telling them not to watch tv while eating. Actually they hardly sit and eat in the dining table instead carry their food to the sofa. It not only leads to over consumption but also you are hardly bothered what you are eating also.
• United States
16 Jul 09
i do most of the time...its funny but i never really thought of it until now....i like to watch tv when im doing something like that...but i normal dont watch a whole lot of tv....im jus really not into anymore...id rather go out and do something...or use the internet
• United States
16 Jul 09
Yes, I watch TV while eating, I find it very entertaining and a conversation starter at the dinner table. I don't have kids, but my parents allow me and them to watch TV at the table, we sometimes have arguements over what we are going to watch but we usually come to an agreement very fast from channel surfing. Not as much as people would think. You eat better in my opinion, when there is just eating you eat fast and feal a full stomach that stops you from eating, eating less then. But while watching TV you spend more time eating and watching TV and you let your stomach digest the food then you eat maybe a little more or less, what actually gets you to a full level and you have been able to digest it properly. Now rather than a hurting stomache from to much food or getting hungry again fast, you feel almost full, and stay non-hungry for a long period of time.
@Txgal01 (37)
• United States
16 Jul 09
Oh yes, I totally eat in front of the television at home. My husband on the other hand is pretty good about eating at the table. My parents did not let us eat at the table. My stepson does have to eat at the table when he comes over to visit. Perfect example to set! Not!
@ronnyb (6117)
• Jamaica
15 Jul 09
Yes I eat while watching Tv and liek your mom says I end up eating a lot
• United States
15 Jul 09
sometimes i watch tv because its entainment your watching while eating ..it suppose to interest you while eat and help you not get bored...and for my kids i dont mind them eating while watching tv...its also an exciting thing to do instead of just sitting there not doing anything but eating
@sid556 (30988)
• United States
15 Jul 09
I do eat in front of the tv or while reading a book. I have to relax in order to eat and for me that is the only way unless of course I'm out with someone. At lunch time, I do watch a show and that is when I stop for lunch. That is also pretty much the only time I watch tv. I've always allowed my daughters to watch the tv while eating as well. None of us watch much tv and it hasn't been a problem for us of over snacking. I know that it happens for some people. Maybe if tv were more a part of our lives, it would be more of a problem. I can see how it could.
• India
15 Jul 09
its not good to do both the things simultaneuosly we should have a particular time to do the things at a particular time its not bad to watch tv but we should not be this much addicted watching tv is just for some time entertainment . i dont do this atleast i dont like doing both the things at the same time persons are getting more addicted to daily soaps and all that small kids see lots of cartoon channels watching tv is good but dont make it as habit keep a particular time for ur entertainment
@agrant24 (38)
• Jamaica
15 Jul 09
I watch the TV and eat at all times. I don't have any children, but when I do I don't think I will have any problems, unless I found some facts that it should not be done.
@jaisundar (215)
15 Jul 09
Yes, i do watch tv while eating. But, i take much care that i eat my food lovingly and not go away with tv.