Eating too quickly may add an extra size to your waistline, as well as raise your risk of heart disease, diabetes, and stroke, according to new research.
Some hypothesize that it may be that having siblings creates perceived or real competition for food. Also, more people lead to greater distraction, which can reduce your focus on how quickly you are eating. Or the end of the meal may signal playtime, and eating stands in the way of more desirable activities.
If you're a fast eater, you'll consume more food in 20 minutes than a slow eater. By the time a fast-eater gets the satiety signals, it's too late — they have overeaten and are uncomfortably full.
Here's some advice to help you start eating more slowly:Avoid extreme hunger. It's hard to eat slowly when you're very hungry. Chew more. Set your utensils down. Eat foods that need chewing. Drink water. Use a timer. Turn off your screens. Take deep breaths.