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SlimTV - Lose weight watching TV

Weight loss through subliminal messages on TV
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People tend to eat a lot (and therefore gain weight) while watching TV - probably partly due to all those food commercials that promote juicy burgers and other snacks. What if you were able to lose weight while watching TV?

I could envision a small TV set box (like a cable box) that would merge the current program with subliminal pictures related to weight loss, e.g., beautiful slim people working out on the beach, healthy dishes, etc. The messages could be pasted into the ongoing TV show for a split of a second - generally being unnoticeable. The subliminal pictures could also be of the kind of deterring nature, like showing highly obese individuals or some rotten food with a bunch of flies on it. An initial setup allows customizing the device according to personal preferences. The box would be connected just before the TV as a pass-through device, therefore working with anything displayed on the screen including VCR movies, satellite programming, or even video games.

The same concept could also be applied to smoking as well. I can already see all those infomercials: If you call within the next 10 minutes, we will include the stop-smoking module ... all for 3 easy payments of $29.95...!

ppk, Aug 19 2002

Must-seize TV http://www.cnn.com/...eo.seizures.update/
All this beeping..and flashing and beeping and beeping and flashing.. [Mr Burns, Aug 19 2002]


       You could probably lose more weight by throwing away your TV. I seem to remember seeing that people burn less energy watching TV than sleeping. And most TV is one long NON-subliminal pressure to eat unhealthy, and to eat often.
pfperry, Aug 19 2002

       The japanese seizure robots show might help to burn a few calories every now and then.. but this doesn't necessarily sound like a good idea. Simpsons did it..
Mr Burns, Aug 19 2002

       [link].. The funny thing was, same thing happened AGAIN when they rebroadcast the questionable clip on the 6:00 news...
Mr Burns, Aug 19 2002

       I think everyone here is missing the purpose of this idea. This has nothing to do with the simpsons or japanese seizure robots. It has to do with using subliminal messages to influence your snacking behavior, or the types of snacks you crave. Sounds like a good idea to me!
rBg, Aug 20 2002

       Won't this box intefere with the existing subliminal signals already embedded in the TV data by the CIA, the Disney corporation, Space Aliens, the Mormons, the Masons, the Templars, the Rosicrucians and the Reader's Digest ?
8th of 7, Aug 20 2002

       Hey- you wanted weight-loss TV.. One could only guess at the amount of calories burned off by a Grand Mal seizure, I'm guessing that it's a lot. "Simpsons did it" was from a recent South Park episode that pointed out pretty much everything worth a chuckle has already been done by the Simpsons. Yes, they too had a short gag about a seizure inducing TV program. If you want subliminal TV, check out Roddy Piper in "They Live"..
Mr Burns, Aug 20 2002

       Hm... interesting. Heart-rate increasing patterns could also be included. They'd probably put you in a trance as they worked, but tv does that now anyways, so better to be retarded and burning calories than to be retarded and burning money(by being made suggestible by various ads).
Crazy Bastard, Aug 20 2002


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