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TV commercials work, at least when it comes to food ads that is. A recent article from U.S. News & World Report says commercials for food products have been proven to lead to more snacking from adults and children alike. The study conducted by Yale University determined that watching just a half hour program sprinkled with junk food ads could have a significant impact on the eating habits of the viewer. The test group of 7 to 11 year-olds showed a 45 percent increase in their snacking throughout the show, while the group of adults also increased their portion sizes greatly.

While it’s easy to blame advertisers for manipulating consumers into unhealthy practices, the more important takeaway from this study is increased evidence to support the argument that everyone should own a DVR.

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