If you're headed to the cinema this evening and plan on taking in an action-packed, explosion-filled blockbuster, you may want to reconsider. 

Science has made another shocking discovery that has made our lives much worse, as it turns out that we can no longer enjoy our beloved brain-rotting thoughtless action movies as much as we used to. 

The reason? Well it turns out that people who watch action movies are much more likely to pig out than their counterparts who watch other movies. According to The LA Times, those watching an action movie eat twice as much as someone watching a slow-paced talk show instead.

In order to back up their theory, scientists at Cornell University put 94 students to the test, with one third of them watching the 2005 film The Island starring Ewan McGregor and Scarlett Johannsson, another third watched 20 minutes of that same movie with the sound muted, and the final third watched 20 minutes of a talk show on PBS. They all were given M&Ms, biscuits, grapes and carrots to nibble if they pleased while watching, and the results left little room for doubt.

Those who watched the movie as normal ate 98% more food and 65% more calories than the students who watched the talk show, while even those who had the sound turned down ate 36% more food and 46% more calories. 

While they're not sure exactly what the reason is (they suggest it could have something to do with the amount of camera cuts on screen), there is one good bit of news from the study: we will snack on anything when watching action movies rather than simply only junk food. So, if you're trying to get more fruit and veg into your diet, cut up a few carrots, steam yourself some broccoli or bring a banana to your next blockbuster, it could be the healthiest shoveling of food into your face that you've ever done. Or you could just watch a talk show...

Via The LA Times