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Study: 1 Simple Tip To Lower Your Risk Of Obesity

Did your mother ever teach you this?

May 15, 2018 - 5:15 pm

DETROIT (WWJ) - Your mother might have told you to slow down when you eat -- and now news research finds that doing so may lower your risk for obesity.

WWJ Newsradio 950's Dr. Deanna Lites reports the study examined data from nearly 60,000 people with type 2 diabetes. 

Researchers asked participants to describe how they ate -- fast, medium or slow.

“People who were slowest eaters had the lowest risk of obesity," said Dr. Leslie Heinberg, a psychologist with the Cleveland Clinic. "People who self-described as medium-eaters had a bit higher risk, but the highest risk was in the fast-eating group.”

To start, she recommends training yourself to spend at least 30 minutes eating a meal.  If we eat at a slower pace, she says, the message from the brain to the body can take place while we're still eating -- allowing us to feel full before over-eating.

If you're having trouble slowing down, try using a timer, counting bites, putting your hand in your lap in between each bite or putting your fork down between bites.

Dr. Heinberg stressed that people can begin with small behavioral changes to achieve effective weigh loss. 

"Whether it's just getting a little bit more sleep, slowing down, not snacking as much, not eating in front of the television -- all these little things are small steps that people can take to chip away at that problem."