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Study: Benefits of Eating Slowly.

In 2011, Joey Chestnut won the annual Nathan's Hot Dog Eating contest by eating some 62 hot dogs in 10 minutes.

With today’s fast-paced world and our busy schedules, we don’t always make time to really enjoy and savor our meals. In many cases, we’re eating in the car, between meetings or during a quick, 15-minute break from work.

The impact of rushed meals on our health isn’t good. Many studies have linked eating quickly to overeating and obesity.

One reason for this is pretty straightforward: There’s a lag between our stomach being full and our brain feeling full. During that lag, we often continue to eat – not realizing that we’re already full. The faster you eat, the more calories you can consume during that lag.

Now, in a study presented at the joint International Congress of Endocrinology and European Congress of Endocrinology, researchers have identified eating speed as a risk factor for type II diabetes. According to the study, fast eaters are 2.5 times more likely to suffer from type II diabetes than slow eaters – even after adjusting for other risk factors (like family history, education, exercise, body mass index, waist circumference, cigarette smoking and plasma triglyceride levels).

Though type II diabetes is caused by a combination of genetic and lifestyle factors, some 285 million people (and counting) suffer from the condition world-wide. As type II diabetes approaches pandemic levels, it’s important to understand all the risk factors – including, now, the speed at which we eat.

Moreover, from a spiritual perspective, I think it’s important to take time to enjoy your meal. Though I’m often guilty of wolfing down my food, eating slowly makes it easier to be thankful for the food you’re consuming. And such feelings of gratitude and awareness tend to go a long way.