fast eatersWe already know that eating slowly is very important for everyone of us. No matter what meal we are talking about, our breakfast, dinner or lunch, we should eat it not in 2, but at least within 10-15 minutes. According to the results of a study which was published lot long ago in the British Medical Journal, it is essential not only to watch what we eat, but also to control how fast we eat. And even those fast eaters who consume a low calorie or other effective type of diet, have quite high chances for being overweight and suffering from all related problems.

For about three years, a group of scientists from Japan and Australia has been studying eating habits and type of diet of more than 3 thousands of participants, men and women aged between 30 and 69. Every single participant of the experiments used to be thoroughly questioned about his or her food choices, eating habits and other important factors. At that, almost a half of male participants and slightly more than a half of female participants said that they used to eat as much as they felt necessary to feel completely full. Also, almost 46% of men and 36%  of women reported about eating quickly.

eating slowlyFrom observing the further history of those participants, who developed a habit of being a fast eater, Japanese specialists noticed that those people have three times higher chances for being overweight than those people who do not eat until they feel full and eat slowly. “Eating slow would give the brain time to recognize enough food has been eaten,” says one of the research team leaders, Prof. Hiroyasu Iso, from Osaka University.

We all know that being overweight is a direct way to many serious diseases like type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular problems and problems with spine. Therefore being a fast eater is quite a dangerous habit. Unfortunately, many of us really have no time for eating slowly, but spending efforts for slowing down your eating process and making it more healthy will definitely pay you back with your good health. Learn eating with chopsticks, eating in silence and becoming a champion in slow eating when you are eating with your friends – such easy tips could help us develop this important healthy eating habit.

Author Info: Hi! My name is Carla and I am a 5th year medical student at HYMS. I am interested in alternative medicine and I have done months researching the topic of herbal medicine. Besides, I like interviewing people and learning more about their experiences with one or another type of herbal treatments. I am willing to contribute to this site with my knowledge, and I would be happy to help you out to the best of my ability with any specific questions or problems related to alternative medicine.

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