Does watching TV cooking shows make us fatter? A research team comprised of experts in nutrition and food science at the University of Vermont and Cornell surveyed several hundred women in their 20s and 30s to find out. Their findings are published in the journal Appetite, and suggest that the answer is “yes.”
“In terms of weight, those who watched cooking shows and cooked frequently from scratch had a mean weight of 164 lbs,” according to the paper. By comparison, women who watched the shows but didn’t cook much from scratch weighed, on average, about 153 lbs.