There was a research conducted involving sixty thousand Japanese people displaying a link between eating slower or faster and losing or gaining weight.
Researchers say those who ate fast kept eating after they were full but didn't realize it.
BMI stands for Body Mass Index, a ratio of weight-to-height used to determine whether a person falls within a healthy range.
At the start of the study, more than half of the people said they ate at a normal speed, while about a third said they tended to eat fast. The study linked changing behaviours, including eating speed, to a lower chance of obesity and a shrinking waistline.
After taking account of potentially influential factors, the results showed that compared with those who tended to gobble up their food, those who ate at a normal speed were 29 percent less likely to be obese, rising to 42% for those who ate slowly. And although absolute reductions in waist circumference over the course of the study were small, they were greater among slow and normal eaters.
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A recent study published in The Lancet medical journal reported that nearly a third of Irish children are now overweight and the country ranks 58th out of 200 countries for its proportion of overweight youths.
Snacking after dinner and eating within two hours of going to bed three or more times a week were also linked to a higher risk of being overweight.
Interestingly, skipping breakfast does nothing to decrease weight.
So methods to help people reduce their eating speed, the authors conclude, could be an effective way to help prevent obesity and lower the many health risks, like diabetes, that come with it.
In a study tracking the eating habits of almost 60,000 participants with type 2 diabetes, over a period of close to six years, researchers discovered those who ate more slowly tended to be thinner. Waist circumference was found to be directly proportional to eating speed as well.
So if you're looking to shift a few extra pounds time to readjust your eating habits so you're eating bacon and eggs, slowly, while standing at your desk! There was also no data on how much participants ate, or whether they exercised or not. Among those who reported eating at "normal" (56%) or "fast" (37%) paces, being overweight was more prevalent at 36.5% and 44.4%, respectively. Commenting on the research, Simon Cork of Imperial College London said it "confirms what we already believe, that eating slowly is associated with less weight gain than eating quickly". Fast eaters may also continue to scarf down food even after they've consumed adequate calories, the study authors write in their paper, whereas slow eaters might feel full on less food overall. "The quicker you eat, the less time the signals have to get to your brain".