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Eating slowly, avoiding late dinners may lower obesity

Eating slowly, avoiding eating dinner in the two hours before going to bed and not skipping breakfast may lower obesity, a study suggests

Eating slowly and not eating within two hours of going to sleep may lower obesity, a study suggests.

Japanese researchers looked at health insurance data for nearly 60,000 Japanese people with type 2 diabetes who submitted claims and had regular health checks between 2008 and 2013.

Participants body mass index was measured and they were asked about how fast they ate, which was categorised as fast, normal or slow.

Slow eaters healthier

They were also asked whether they did any of the following three or more times a week: eat dinner within two hours of going to sleep, snack after dinner or skip breakfast.

The slow eaters tended to be healthier and to have a healthier lifestyle than either the fast or normal speed eaters, according to the researchers.

The researchers said their findings indicate that weight loss

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Eating slowly and not eating within two hours of going to sleep may lower obesity, a study suggests.

Japanese researchers looked at health insurance data for nearly 60,000 Japanese people with type 2 diabetes who submitted claims and had regular health checks between 2008 and 2013.

Participants’ body mass index was measured and they were asked about how fast they ate, which was categorised as fast, normal or slow.

Slow eaters healthier

They were also asked whether they did any of the following three or more times a week: eat dinner within two hours of going to sleep, snack after dinner or skip breakfast.

The slow eaters tended to be healthier and to have a healthier lifestyle than either the fast or normal speed eaters, according to the researchers.

The researchers said their findings indicate that weight loss can be supported through changing the three assessed eating habits.


Hurst Y and Fukuda H (2018) Effects of changes in eating speed on obesity in patients with diabetes: a secondary analysis of longitudinal health check-up data. BMJ Open. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2017-019589

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