Researchers have been studying the links between TV viewing and mindless eating for years. The news isn't good for our waistlines. iStockphoto hide caption toggle caption iStockphoto The Salt Netflix And Chew: How Binge Watching Affects Our Eating Habits December 31, 2015 Lots of research suggests munching while watching TV promotes mindless eating. Overall viewing time is a key factor. But the genre of what you are watching may also influence how much you consume.