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News Alert: Eating Fast Causes Weight Gain

Posted Oct 30 2008 12:00am

Eating Fast Causes Weight Gain

by Mallory Creveling, beat blogger

 If you find yourself eating an entire meal in five minutes or finishing your dish before all of your friends, you may be contributing to weight gain. According to an October study in the British Medical Journal, both eating until full and eating quickly may force you to pack on too many pounds. And if you combine eating until full and speedy eating, it can lead to being overweight.

 Researchers in this study measured the participants’ Body Mass Index (BMI), which is equal to 25 if you’re overweight, as well as the dietary habits of eating until full and eating quickly, which researchers found by a questionnaire. 3,287 Japanese adults, ages 30 to 69, participated in the study.  51 percent of the males and 58 percent of the females said they eat until full. 46 percent of the men and 36 percent of the women said they eat quickly.

 The speedy eaters who also reported eating until full were three times more likely to be overweight than those who did not eat until full and ate slowly, according to an article on this study on

 These eating habits may contribute to the obesity epidemic according to the article “Speedy Eaters Seen Liklier to Get Fat” on  MSNBC.  Because people like us in Western culture move quickly throughout the day, we have to consume short, speedy meals so that we have time for other errands and activities. And this lifestyle has spread worldwide. In fact, according MSNBC, the World Health Organization (WHO) found that about 300 million people are obese, with 20 million under the age of five.

 So, to evade joining the millions of obese people worldwide, try changing your eating habits. Eating hot foods may remind you to eat slowly to avoid burning your mouth.  For instance, hot soup before a meal can set your consumption pace while helping to keep off the pounds.

  Mallory Creveling is a senior magazine journalism major with a minor in nutrition. Creveling, who was a fitness editorial intern at Shape magazine this past summer, plans to pursue a career in health journalism after graduation. She attributes her internship and writing and researching for on campus publications to her growing knowledge of where and how to research health topics more sufficiently. Creveling is also a senior editor for the print version of What the Health this semester. She will update her column every Thursday with health news alerts on new studies about issues affecting the U.S. population.

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