A study, Playing a computer game during lunch affects fullness, memory for lunch, and later snack intake, which was recently published in America has examined the connection between eating while distracted and still, with putting on weight.

The researchers took 44 people and split them into 2 groups. One group was served lunch while playing a computerised game of solitaire. The other group eat their lunch in peace.

The results showed that those playing solitaire were less full after lunch, and that they ate significantly more biscuits in the taste test which was carried out 30 minutes after lunch had been finished, than did those participants who had been able to put their attention on what they were eating.

Furthermore those who had been playing solitaire during while eating found it more difficult to recall what they had actually eaten.

The study concluded that “distraction during one meal has the capacity to influence subsequent eating,” and that this may “help to explain the well-documented association between sedentary screen-time activities and overweight” problems experienced by many people.

Writer Helen Splarn. Editor Dr Ramesh Manocha.
Source: Playing a computer game during lunch affects fullness, memory for lunch, and later snack intake. (Rose E Oldham-Cooper, Charlotte A Hardman, Charlotte E Nicoll, Peter J Rogers, and Jeffrey M Brunstrom)