Eating slower could help prevent obesity, researchers say

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Speedy eaters might finish their food faster, but those calories might linger longer.

A new study published in the online journal BMJ Open suggests that eating speed could affect a person’s weight.

A research team in Japan set out to analyze the effects of eating speed on obesity — defined as BMI greater than 25 in Japan — by asking over 59,000 Japanese men and women with a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes to rate their own eating speed as fast, normal or slow.

The results showed that slower eating speeds were linked to reductions in obesity, BMI and waist …read more