Medpage Today reports on some less-than-surprising research into obesity published in the British Medical Journal Online: “Two-Fisted Eaters Who Wolf Down Food to Bursting Point May Be Overweight.” The article notes that:
“Past studies have found that eating quickly is associated with being overweight, but this research adds that combining it with eating until full could have a substantial impact on being overweight.”
If the cautious deployment of “may” and “could” seems odd and a little disappointing, it is because the study was cross sectional and thus cannot determine causality. The researchers called for prospective cohort studies to confirm the findings. Still, two-fisted eaters who wolf down food to bursting point may want to reconsider the whole “bursting point” part of their nutritional game plan.