WASHINGTON — If watching television makes you fat, as one group of Harvard University researchers appears to believe, we can take heart from another study conducted at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands.
The Dutch researchers found that eating fish apparently protects against coronary diseases.
The next project, as I see it, should be a study of people who eat fish while watching TV. Perhaps Sen. William Proxmire could be persuaded to underwrite it.
The Wisconsin Democrat is fond of bestowing his "Golden Fleece" award on government-financed research that he considers pointless and wasteful. I have, however, never heard of Proxmire reversing the coin--that is, funding worthwhile projects. This may be the time.
Such a study might show that heart attacks supposedly promoted by obesity are prevented by the consumption of seafood.
The Harvard School of Public Health has concluded that "time spent viewing television is a powerful predictor of obesity in youth," possibly because that form of recreation requires little energy.