With the 2012 Olympic Games just around the corner, sports fanatics are being advised to keep their health in mind as they sit back and watch the sporting action.
Hours of sports coverage will be on television over the coming weeks, so the Dietitians Association of Australia is recommending that people find time for some physical activity of their own.
The problem with vegetating in front of the TV is that it can be tempting to indulge in unhealthy snacks, which over time will put people's wellbeing under threat.
An accredited practising dietitian warned: "Munching your way through crisps, crackers and chocolates over the two weeks of the Games telecast will be harmful to your health.
"Eating in front of the TV typically means overeating as it’s hard to keep a track of how much you’re eating."
Making substitutions can help keep the likelihood of overindulging to a minimum, such as by eating sushi rolls instead of pies and air-popped popcorn instead of potato chips.
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