Eating in front of the TV could be making you fat

Cancer Council is urging adults and children to turn off the tv and put down the phones and tablets while eating as it is detrimental to our health.

One in three Queenslanders eat a meal in front of an electronic device every day, while more than half of all Queenslanders eat in front of a TV, computer, phone or tablet at least four times a week, new research from Cancer Council Queensland has revealed.

Cancer Council Queensland spokesperson Katie Clift said the habit leads to mindless eating which is harming our short and long-term health.


“Mindless eating increases the risk of being overweight or obese, which leads to the development of a range of chronic diseases, including some cancers,” Ms Clift said. “Queenslanders may be eating larger portions than necessary if they’re not paying attention to their food while sitting down to a meal.

“The health of our children is also at risk – kids need to learn from a young age to eat slowly, and recognise when they are becoming full to avoid overeating.

“It may seem harmless to flick the TV on, scroll through social media or send an email over a meal a few times a week – but it could be harmful to your overall health.”

Two in three Queensland adults and one in four Queensland children are currently overweight or obese.

Cancer Council’s Everyday Health Survey was conducted in February 2016, surveying the diet and lifestyle habits of 840 Queenslanders to improve community health and wellbeing. More information about Cancer Council Queensland is available at or 13 11 20.