Weight Gain Stories#Japanese Research

Japanese Research into Obesity

Nothing Tastes As Good As Thin Feels

Here’s something that you maybe didn’t realise about weight gain.



Japanese research has found that people who eat slowly are less likely to gain weight or develop metabolic syndrome, dangerous health problems such as high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity.

People who gobble down their food are 5 times more likely to develop symptoms which raise their risk of a heart attack than those who savour each mouthful.


The Japanese researches followed 1000 middle-aged men and women for five years, monitoring their eating speed and health.


They found that just 2.3% of the slow eaters developed the problems stated earlier, compared with 6.5% of medium-speed eaters, and 11.6% of the fast eaters.

The researches believe that eating too quickly prevents the brain from noticing when the body has taken in too many calories. Unused calories are stored as fat, placing pressure on the heart. Eating too fast also appears to cause spikes of blood sugar, which can stop insulin working effectively leading to diabetes.

DOCTOR  TAKAYUKI  –  Hiroshima University cardiologist

Eating more slowly may be a crucial lifestyle to help prevent the above diseases according to Dr Takayuki Yamaji, the study author and a cardiologist at Hiroshima University. When people eat fast they tend not to feel full and are more likely to over-eat. Eating fast causes bigger glucose fluctuation, which can lead to insulin resistance.

PROF.  JEREMY  PEARSON  –  British Heart Foundation

Metabolic syndrome affects one in four adults in Britain. On their own diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity can damage blood vessels, but having all three is particularly dangerous. Professor Jeremy Pearson of the British Heart Foundation said, “It’s a reminder that many of us have hectic lifestyles which may include eating quickly at the desk over lunchtime, or in a rush commuting home. It’s important that people take the time to choose healthy, balanced options rather than just reaching for ready meals or takeaways.”

ESMEE RUSSELL  –  British Stroke Association

Esmee Russell, of the Stroke Association, added: “Being overweight increases your risk of ischemic stroke by 22%, and if you are obese, the risk increases by 64% so tackling obesity is crucial. There are a number of steps we can all take to lower our risk of stroke, including a) eating a balanced diet, b) taking regular exercise and c) having a regular blood pressure check.”

The research was presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2017.


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8 thoughts on “Weight Gain Stories#Japanese Research

  1. Interesting! Thank you for sharing this information. I will definitely eat slower and finish my meals in a longer duration. The information you gave on why eating slowly helps our health, makes me happy I read about this because I am very focus on my health. They should teach this in school, to fitness programs, to everyone. thank you for writing this article!

    1. Hi Marques. Thank you for your thoughts on the article. Pleased you enjoyed it. Was actually an article from the Health & Well-being page of a newspaper which I adapted. I agree with you when you say that everyone should read the article.

      All the best.

  2. Hey Roy, cool article. I used to scarf down my food in high-school and all my friends used to tease me and call me names like the “Hoover Vacuum Cleaner” or “Dirt Devil.”

    After high school though… they just worried about me.

    I agree with you 100%, I read some other articles in the past about the hazards of eating fast. Plus, my Great Grandma once told me that eating to fast can cause medical problems.

    I listened to her after she told me that. She was a very credible source being over 93 and still walking and talking. She ate REAL slow.

    1. Yes, I can understand the schoolboy jokes. It’s all fun when you’re at school.

      The elderly are so wise. They know what they are talking about. They’ve walked along life’s path for longer than the young. Listen to that wise lady my friend. Bless her.


  3. This is a very important and effective posting Roy. Many of us, including myself, are overweight. I know how important it is to be in shape and maintain a proper weight, but somehow I never seem to be motivated enough to make it happen for myself.

    With the reading of this article, I am motivated. It is far past time for me to make sure that I am doing the right things for my health as well as for my wife, children and grandchildren.

    This is informative and educational and I know that anyone reading this will become much more aware and more willing to do something about it. I am willing and motivated and will begin immediately to make some significant changes for the better. Thanks.

    1. Hi Frank, good to hear from you.

      Great news. You’ve made the decision, now for the action . Just remember not too far, too fast, too soon. We are not professional athletes. No need to go to extremes. Small daily improvements. Consistency. Tiny adjustments.

      I wish you luck my friend. Proud of you for making a decision !


  4. Hi, thank you for the information. I’m underweight, and its so hard for me to fain weight because i have to eat healthy food and i eat slow, because of that, I easily get full. So now, I will do the opposite. I will eat fast and eat healthy food. For me, it’s easy to loose weight than gaining. If i gain, my bad cholesterol goes up, my sugar will also go up and my triglycerides will also go up. I did gain one time by going to gym and eat alot of proteins. But eating alot is so hard, especially when i eat slow and just enough.

    1. Hi Meliza, thanks for sharing. You know something, you have ingrained a good habit of eating slowly which is something I’m working hard at doing. You have mastered a huge skill which so many of us struggle with. So well done ! The next big challenge is to eat healthy food as often as possible. Another thing that I’m working hard at doing and which you too seem to be doing. Our bodies are very good at talking to us, telling us how they feel. If we would only listen to them. When we should eat, what we should eat, when we should exercise, when we should rest etc.They  crave exercise. Exercise allows them to sleep well at night. And it doesn’t have to be hectic exercise. My exercise programme looks like this at the moment:  I run walk every second day. 50m walk 50m run, for 20 mins. I dance on my own to my iPhone every morning ( 8 tunes) and every afternoon (8 tunes). And I ride my stationary exercise bike every afternoon (2 tunes). That’s all I’m doing right now and am feeling great.

      Good luck with your weight gain journey. Muscle is heavier than fat. Not too far, too fast, too soon hey, Meliza. You don’t want big bulging muscles.   🙂


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