A new poll has confirmed what Australians have always known – fat people love their daytime television.

Obese Aussies are much more likely than Australians of average weight to be heavy television watchers, and particularly love programs like Huey’s Cooking Adventures, Young and the Restless and Days of our Lives.

The survey does not make it clear if television watching causes weight gain, or if obese people are more likely to sit on the couch.

But the Roy Morgan Poll poll finds obese Australians are 48 per cent more likely than the average Australian to watch four or more hours of commercial television a day.

When compared to average Australians, obese Aussies are 42 per cent more likely to watch Huey’s Cooking Adventures, 39 per cent more likely to watch Judge Judy, 34 per cent more likely to watch Young and the Restless and Days of our Lives.

Other popular programs are Sunrise, Deal or No Deal, The Bold and the Beautiful, Seven Morning News, I and Today Tonight.

Underweight Aussies, meanwhile, are 21 per cent more likely to view no commercial television at all.

"When television viewing is analysed by Body Mass Index classifications, some obvious patterns emerge," pollster Gary Morgan said.

"Obese Australians are much more likely to watch daytime television, particularly soap operas; the more people weigh the more television they watch; and news services are popular throughout all weight brackets."

"Healthier alternatives to sitting around watching TV need to be found to ensure future generations of Australians do not spend the majority of their recreational time in such a passive, largely unhealthy, environment."

Recent Roy Morgan data found 61 per cent of Australians are obese.

The survey polled 22,744 Australians aged 18 and over between July 2005 and June 2006.

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