30 July 2012For a long time, researchers have suspected that obesity is associated with a particular eating style, eating quickly in particular. Under controlled conditions it would seem that eating at a slower rate produces both an increase in self-reported fullness and a reduction in meal size. Moreover, epidemiological studies indicate that eating rate is a good predictor of bodyweight.
In a £468k grant funded jointly by the BBSRC and Nestlé, Professor Brunstrom and colleagues will, for the first time, expose the mechanism that underlies this effect. In turn, this work has the potential to lead to novel treatments for obesity and the design of foods that reduce our calorie intake from meal to meal.