Eating Too Quickly May Be Bad for Your Health

Leslie Hanson
November 15, 2017

Dr Takayuki Yamaji, a cardiologist at Hiroshima University in Japan, told Daily Mail: "Eating more slowly may be a crucial lifestyle change to help prevent metabolic syndrome".

Scientists in Japan categorised 642 men and 441 women with an average age of 51 as slow, normal or fast eaters.

Research by Japanese scientists has found that people who eat slowly and mindfully are less likely to pile on the pounds or develop metabolic syndrome - the name for a cluster of unsafe health problems such as high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity which can damage the heart.

Faster eating speed was linked to more weight gain, higher blood glucose and an expanding waistline.

Scoffers had a 11.6 per cent chance of being diagnosed with metabolic syndrome - risk factors for diabetes and heart disease.

EATING in a rush increases the risk of obesity and poor heart health, a study reveals. Earlier this year researchers at North Carolina State University found ‘mindful eating' – concentrating on flavour and ‘eating with purpose' – helped people lose six times as much weight as other slimmers.

Fast eaters were nearly twice as likely to develop metabolic syndrome compared with their normal eating counterparts.More specifically, fast eaters had an 11.6 percent higher chance of developing the risk factors, compared with a 6.5 percent chance in normal eaters. They were also asked to describe their usual eating speed as slow, normal or fast and were divided into these three groups, accordingly.

After the participants were identified as slow, normal, or fast eaters, the researchers found that those who scarfed their food down quickly were more likely to gain weight and have higher blood sugar and bad cholesterol levels.

Metabolic syndrome involves a number of conditions including high blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol and obesity.

The research is being presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions, in Anaheim, California.

"When people eat fast they tend not to feel full and are more likely to overeat".

Munching on "snack" foods while standing up leads people to forget what they've eaten - and they're more likely to gorge again later.

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