Eating Fast Makes You Fat
Put the fork down and take a break! A new study shows that people who eat quickly and keep eating until they feel full are three times more likely to be overweight than others. The Japanese study involved 2,165 women and 1,122 men between 30 to 69 years old who completed a diet history questionnaire about their eating habits. The results revealed that 46 percent of men and 36 percent of women said they ate quickly and that 51 percent of men and 58 percent of women said they ate until they felt full. The people who reported that they ate quickly and until they felt full ate more calories each day than the other participants and had a higher body mass index (BMI). These people were also three times more likely to be overweight. Overweight people who do not address poor eating habits will continue on the path towards heart disease, diabetes and other health issues. The way we eat has changed over the past few decades. Fewer families are sitting down together at the table to eat a meal. Instead we shovel the food in our mouths while we watch television, mindlessly eat at our desks or we rush through a fast food drive thru and eat in the car. We need to stop eating while we are distracted and start focusing on enjoying the meal. It is more important than ever for parents to model healthy eating behaviors. Practice eating slowly, especially in front of kids, and teach your family and friends that it takes about 15 minutes for your brain to get the message from your stomach that you are “full.” Take your time when you eat and remember that a simply change in your eating habits can effect positive changes in your health for years to come.