Speed eating can lead to obesity and heart disease: study

Slow down when eating your Thanksgiving dinner this year.

Speed in gobbling down your food could be linked to obesity, heart disease and diabetes, says a preliminary study presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2017.

In the study, performed by researchers in Japan, speed was linked to metabolic syndrome — a cluster of heat disease, diabetes and stroke risk factors including abdominal obesity, high fasting blood sugar, high blood pressure and high triglycerides.

The researchers evaluated 1,083 subjects who were free of metabolic syndrome in 2008. The subjects were divided into three eating-speed categories: slow, normal and fast. In the five-year follow-up, fast eaters were 11.6% more likely to have developed metabolic syndrome. Normal eaters were 6% likely and slow eaters were 2.3% likely.

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Eating quickly is associated with weight gain because your brain doesnt have time to process the food, leading the stomach to not recognize that it is full until the person has overeaten.

“Eating more slowly may be a crucial lifestyle change to help prevent metabolic syndrome,” said Takayuki Yamaji, study author and cardiologist at Hiroshima University said in a statement. “When people eat fast they tend not to feel full and are more likely to overeat. Eating fast causes bigger glucose fluctuation, which can lead to insulin resistance. We also believe our research would apply to a U.S. population.”

Obesity in the United States has reach epic proportions with 671 million adults considered obese in 2016 and another 1.3 billion considered overweight.

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