Scienctific studies can reach unexpected conclusions, sometimes through even more unexpected means. Take, for example, this study conducted by researchers from Cornell and Vanderbilt universities, in which they had 20 undergrads watch some TV.
Doesn't sound too weird, right? But wait -- there's more! The study involved having the students watch 20 minutes of Michael Bay's 2005 film The Island (one group with sound, one without) and 20 minutes from Charlie Rose. The students were also offered four different kinds of common foods to eat while they watched.
The result? The people watching The Island with sound on ate 98 percent more food than the students who watched Charlie Rose. 98 percent! Interestingly, without the sound, the students only ate 36 percent more.
So a lot of things to unpack here, number one on that list being WHY WOULD YOU MAKE ANYONE WATCH THE ISLAND?! Like, were they especially bad students in need of being severely punished? But more importantly, why did this happen?
Well, coauthor of the study Aner Tal put forth this theory:
More stimulating programs that are fast paced, include many camera cuts, really draw you in and distract you from what you are eating. They can make you eat more because you’re paying less attention to how much you are putting in your mouth.
I'm still pretty sure the reason had to be that eating served as a distraction from the fact that those poor students were watching The Island, though. But, if Tal's belief is correct, it would be interesting to see if snack sales show a noticeable increase for Michael Bay's movies over other films.
In the meanwhile, maybe it's best to steer clear of Bay films if you're trying to lose weight, which goes along nicely with all those other reasons to avoid Michael Bay films.
(via The Mary Sue)