Eating too fast is making your waistline expand, suggest two new studies presented at the annual meeting of the Obesity Society.
Men who consider themselves fast eaters have significantly higher body mass indexes (BMIs) than slower eaters, one study found. Men also eat faster than women, downing 80 calories a minute compared to just 52 for the fairer sex.
Researchers also found a connection between periods of emotional turmoil and faster eating, says University of Rhode Island professor Kathleen Melanson, Ph.D. When you are emotional, you pay less attention to what you are eating than you would normally. You desire the satisfaction of tasting food, which may drive you to eat fast, Melanson explains.
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Eating fast doesn't allow the nerve endings in your stomach—called stretch receptors—time to recognize when the stomach is full. You then overeat, leading to weight gain, researchers say.
So what can you do to keep yourself from shoveling down food?
Additional reporting done by Hugh O'Neill, Claire Constant, and David Schipper
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