“Wolfing down” one’s food may lead to obesity

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According to findings published online in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism “wolfing down” one’s food may lead to obesity. The study found that individuals who took less time to eat produced less of the naturally released hormones that produce satiety. Two types of peptides, peptide YY (PYY) and glucagon-like peptide (GLP-1), were found present in higher levels among those who took at least 30 minutes to eat, rather than eating in five minutes. According to Alexander Kokkinos, MD, PhD, of Laiko General Hospital in Athens, Greece, “Most of us have heard that eating fast can lead to food overconsumption and obesity, and, in fact, some observational studies have supported this notion… our study provides a possible explanation for the relationship between speed eating and overeating by showing that the rate at which someone eats may impact the release of gut hormones that signal the brain to stop eating.” Click here to read an article from Medpage Today that discusses this study more.

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