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Obese people get full faster, but still eat more

Written by: QMI Agency
 

Apr. 8, 2014

Obese people get full faster, but still eat more says a new study (Fotolia)


Obese people feel full faster than people of normal weight, but they tend to eat more quickly and take in more calories, which leads to weight problems, a new study has found.

Researchers at University Hospital in Basel, Switzerland, asked 20 obese people and 20 normal weight people to consume a nutritional drink in the morning on an empty stomach. The participants were allowed to drink as much as they wanted as quickly as they wanted, but every three minutes they were asked how full they felt.

Obese people, on average, reported feeling full after 10 minutes, four minutes earlier than the normal weight participants.

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But the obese participants consumed more calories per minute than those of normal weight.

"The speed of eating is a potential contributing factor in obesity," the researchers wrote in the study, which was published in the journal Physiology & Behavior. "Eating slowly is not only healthy, but it should also help you lose weight."

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