Eating Fast May Raise Obesity Risk

Eating Fast May Raise Obesity Risk

People who eat their meals faster than others are more likely to be overweight, according to a study published in BMJ Open. Japanese researchers studied over 59,000 people who had been given diagnoses of type 2 diabetes, and categorized the subjects as fast, normal or slow eaters based on self-reports. Over six years, data was collected on weight and waist circumference, eating and sleep habits, alcohol consumption, medications and smoking habits. Compared with the slow eaters, normal speed eaters were 29 percent more likely, and fast eaters 42 percent more likely, to have obesity. Both sleeping within two hours of eating dinner and snacking after dinner were also associated with obesity, but skipping breakfast was not.

Many of our patients have little insight about how quickly they eat.  Everyone in NJ does everything as fast as possible . . .  Well, post operatively they change.  One of the most entertaining aspects of being involved with Bariatric patient’s care is hearing the stories of when they realize how different their experience is from the other family members at the table.  Bariatric surgery patients become much more deliberate in how they eat.  It also simply takes TIME to eat and to identify when you are full.  Over time those become brainless and simply the way they eat.  Come holiday time though, its quite a shock!  Thanksgiving usually provides some hilarious stories when they realize just how quickly their family members consume food.  What also becomes apparent is how little insight they have about it.  This study would suggest that simply slowing the pace might help.  HOW you can do that is the trick, PARTICULARLY in the Garden State!

It’s something to consider for us all.

Best in Health,

Dr Bertha and the NJBI Team