During the study period, 51.9% of participants changed their eating speed from baseline; 0.29% switched from being fast eaters to slow eaters, and 0.15% changed from being slow eaters to fast eaters. Compared with the fast eaters, the slow eaters and normal eaters had lower odds for obesity (P < .001 for both). Participants who reported adequate sleep also had lower odds for obesity compared with those who reported inadequate sleep (P = .007). Decreases in BMI were significantly associated with normal or slow eating speed, avoiding eating dinner within 2 hours before sleeping at least three times per week, avoiding snacking after dinner at least three times per week, and only occasionally or never consuming alcohol (P < .001 for all).
“Changes in eating habits can affect obesity, BMI and waist circumference,” the researchers wrote. “Interventions aimed at altering eating habits, such as education initiatives and programs to reduce eating speeds, may be useful in preventing obesity and reducing the risk of non-communicable diseases.” – by Amber Cox
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