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Researchers at the University of California – San Diego recently conducted a study to see how the eating habits of children affected weight loss and obesity. Over 50 children between the ages of 6 and 17 were studied, and divided into two groups: one group ate normally while the other group only took a bite of food every 30 seconds. The group of slow eaters used a 30-second hourglass timer to track when they could eat.
After six months, the slow eaters were found to have lost 2-5.7% of their weight. On the other hand, the fast – or normal – eaters had gained 4.4-5.8% of their weight. Results were found to be more significant after a full year of observation. These findings have shown to be so effective that the Mexican states of Yucatan, Veracruz, and Michoacán are even implementing this slow eating method within their schools.
These findings were published in Pediatric Obesity on December 15, 2015.