I don’t know if it’s just me, but even after a long, filling dinner I always seem to somehow still have room for frozen yogurt. And early dinners? Forget it. You can’t tell me you’re not craving a little something by the time the 11 o’clock news rolls around.
According to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, roughly two-thirds of adult Americans are overweight or obese. While overeating and lack of exercise are the foremost causes of obesity, America’s tendency to eat out is of additional concern to public health experts who have been studying the relationship between restaurant meals and obesity.
A recent study out of the Netherlands set out to discover the correlation between the speed of consumption and subsequent hunger and snacking. Leisurely meals at restaurants usually take much longer than meals eaten at home. The study found that although people reported they were more satisfied and less hungry after a meal that lasted two hours with breaks between courses opposed to the same meal consumed in 30 minutes, snacking behavior did not change.
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