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how screen time affects our appetite

I am very excited to share this latest blog post I've written for Rhitrition on screen time and appetite. It was such an interesting topic to learn about as part of my MSc, and then further research in this article. I enjoyed bringing into the blog intuitive eating, and hope you enjoy it!

Appetite is our natural desire to eat food to satisfy our bodily needs. It may result from internal cues such as hunger or external hedonic cues such as foods we find appealing (1, 2). Working from home the past year, I can personally say my screen time has increased. This is consistent with research in 2020 showing an increase in educational screen time and reports of leisure screen time increasing by 265% (3).

In this article, I hope to share the evidence base on how screen time can affect our appetite, but I would like to point out that so can many other factors, and this research is still developing. I think it is important to acknowledge at the start how we can use screen time to relax, learn, connect, and share with others. Moreover, as the first sentence reads, appetite is our natural desire to eat and satisfy our bodily needs. Therefore, it is essential to change the language we use around food, eating, our appetite and snacking – things which are in our nature. Nutrition fuels our body – both physically and by giving us enjoyment, through sharing food and pleasant experiences.



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