A recent study conducted, concludes that playing video games has a direct impact on the food intake of adolescents and teenagers. Although experts agree, that change in type of food and lack of physical activity among children in urban areas causes increase in weight, they have been unable so far to come out with concrete solutions. Now, the new study (results of which were published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition) has documented a positive association between how much time a child plays video games and his or her chance of being obese.
However, correlation does not necessarily imply causality, and controlled intervention studies are necessary to test whether playing video games causes children to increase their food intake and/or decrease their energy expenditure. In the first such study of this kind, Canadian and Danish researchers tested their hypothesis that video game playing is accompanied by increased spontaneous food intake.
The researchers considered healthy, normal-weight male teens (mean age: ~17 y) studied in this crossover intervention trial consisting of two 1-h periods. In one period, subjects rested (control period); in the other, they played video games. For both periods, the youth reported to a research laboratory after an overnight fast and were provided with a standardized breakfast. During the intervention periods, blood samples were collected every 10 minutes, and energy expenditure was assessed by using indirect calorimetry. Immediately thereafter, each participant was offered full access to a spaghetti lunch. Food intake and measurements of hunger, satiety, fullness, and appetite were assessed.
The study by Jean-Phillippe Chaput et. al. found that the, blood glucose concentrations were found to have increased more when playing video games than during the control period, but there was no differential effect on insulin or ghrelin (a hormone thought to signal the sensation of hunger to the brain). Energy expenditure was higher during video game play than during the resting condition. However, subjects ate after playing the video games than they did after the control period. This resulted in a net positive energy during the entire day when video games were played compared with when subjects rested, despite the fact that the subjects reported similar appetite ratings during these periods.
KOOLSKOOL being a start up effort, every Rupee and every Dollar counts. Travel always, for us or large behemoths, is always a major expense whether its just local intra-city or inter-city travel. After having done some math, we quickly moved to traveling discounted and low cost airlines with Indigo being our usual choice.
Like most other low cost carriers there is no free food on board, but available for purchase. The only low cost carrier which was an exception was Kingfisher Red (erstwhile Air Deccan) which did provide free food. That will now change as well. Kingfisher Red calls it the "Sky Treats", an exclusive gourmet service. I saw the menu, didn't seem any gourmet to me. The important difference however is that there are specific time of the day options, besides the standard all day sandwiches and the like. For Rs. 200 for a regular meal, not a bad idea at all really. Oh well there are hot beverages too unlike Indigo. If prices were to be similar, Kingfisher Red it would be for sure (you got to consider the on-time factor too, I guess)
I have spent my life traveling full service airlines and mostly in business or in first. For a long period of time (at least on domestic routes) on Indian Airlines, till very recently on Jet Airways and a smattering of everything else. The change of career path (with the initiation of KOOLSKOOL) now gets us to look for cheaper fares, and some amount of low cost carrier flying brought in some interesting insight.
Lets do a quick comparison of cheapest available return fares on three different airlines - Indigo, Jet Airways, and Kingfisher. The route chosen is Bangalore-Delhi-Bangalore, and the dates are 26th Oct (for onward) and 30th Oct (for return). The cheapest tickets we could find are listed in table 1.
Clearly, the real low cost carrier beats every other fare hands down. But, that would be an unfair comparison. Lets bring in food. Table 1, also shows the price of food in the LCC flights. Kingfisher Red will serve you a sandwich for free and provide you a small bottle of water. The other two will sell you food for say Rs 150 a sandwich, and Rs 50 for a can of an aerated beverage. Table 1 also shows approximate costs of food that you might buy on-board. The full service airlines, of course, serve you a free hot meal (depending on the time of the day), but the stark difference still remains.
Lets now assume that you are a Platinum level on the Loyalty Programs of both Jet, and Kingfisher (Indigo doesn't have a loyalty program). You would get lounge access in most airports. Jet doesn't have a lounge at Bangalore, but they give you a food coupon. You do get to sit in peace for a while and eat a bit and/or sip a beverage. Surely that has a cost as well. Lets throw in a Rs 250 (my guess)for the food, and the same amount per passenger in the lounge. That makes is a Rs 500 (per journey) that the airline spends on you for the lounge. Table 1 above also adds the cost of lounge access to the Indigo ticket.
Add the miles twist
Now, Indigo does not have a loyalty program and thus you don't get frequent flier miles. But, assuming you are the same Platinum level frequent flier, the miles that you get are as in Table 2 on the left along with the miles that you will need to get yourself a free return ticket on the same sector.
For the final math!
So, with what we have seen so far, one calculates backwards to figure the number of flights (see Table 3) you will have to take to be able to get a free return tickets on this sector. And second, given the differential between Indigo fares and the others, how many Indigo tickets you might be able to buy within that extra flying.
This is rather clear. Talking money, it makes no financial sense to fly a full service airline at all. Unless, of course your company/ office/ employer or someone else is paying for the ticket.
- The entire analysis above is based on a spot check, and the fares of each of the airlines could easily differ on other days.
- The fares on all the airlines could have been different due to the current load.
- The analysis above is not derogatory in nature, neither is it a paid advertisement (or otherwise) of any airline. It is but an observation. A similar analysis (with similar or different result) would have been possible with other airlines in India.
- All calculations provided above are for the cheapest available fares in economy, on the airlines' individual web sites. Choosing different sectors, class of travel and source of ticketing may alter the calculations.
- Passengers of these airlines are expected to use their own judgment to purchase tickets. Our above post in no way aims to influence a buying decision.