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Does watching TV make you fat?

Men lounge on sofa watching TV

Could watching less television reduce your calorie intake? If so, media diets might be better than food ones. We look at the scientific evidence on the issueGet the dataDo food shows make you hungry? Research suggests you're not alone, and watching them may also affect your eating habits too. Photograph: Murdo Macleod for the GuardianThe UK and Poland have something in common: their citizens watch the same amount of TV - on average 242 minutes each day. But those nations pale in comparison to the US where TV worshippers average almost 5 hours according to Ofcom. Below is a summary of those viewing habits by country as well as obesity rates around

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