April 21, 2006 at 11:59 am
It always bugs me a little when people blame TV for making kids fat. I think a sedentary lifestyle is the real culprit here. TV is certainly a big cause for that and probably the most popular sedentary task, but it’s hardly the only activity that requires you to sit on your ass all day.
How come no one blames books for making kids fat? Whenever I read a book or magazine, I’m curled up on the coach, only burning calories when I flip the pages. Or what about knitting or crochet? I haven’t seen anyone running around our neighborhood while they’re crocheting a doily. I don’t think the typing I do while sitting here blogging is going to burn off many calories. I suppose I could trade in my office chair for a balance ball, but then my boss might think I’m training to run off and join the circus.
There are so many things that I do while just lying around that have nothing to do with TV. The only disadvantage I think watching TV has is that it’s a lot easier to eat while watching the screen because your hands aren’t occupied. It is much harder to chow down on a sandwich while you’re also holding a book and flipping pages. Trust me, I’ve tried. Usually I just quite reading for a bit so I don’t get peanut butter stuck between the pages.
However, you don’t have to just sit around while you’re watching TV. My aunt won’t even get on the treadmill unless she has a TV to distract her from the fact that she’s running. Also, I keep my free weights in a drawer in the cabinet by my television and lift them while watching a show so I don’t get bored. See, TV can be good for your fitness!