PARIS – People who wolf down their food could lose weight simply by chewing longer and pausing between bites, study results suggested earlier this week.
Research involving nearly 60,000 Japanese showed a link between eating slower or faster and losing or gaining weight.
“Changes in eating speed can affect changes in obesity, BMI and waist circumference,” a research duo from Japan’s Kyushu University wrote in the journal BMJ Open.
“Interventions aimed at reducing eating speed may be effective in preventing obesity and lowering the associated health risks.”
BMI stands for body mass index, a ratio of weight to height used to determine whether a person falls within a healthy range.
WHO considers someone with a BMI of 25 overweight and 30 or higher obese.