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The Less Time Spent Scarfing Down Dinner, the Fatter You Get


Rob's picture

By Rob - Posted on 02 June 2009

NB: Originally posted elsewhere on the Global Riders Network and appears via syndication.

This is a bit interesting:

From http://www.treehugger.com/files/2009/05/obesity-...

hawkeye's picture

Pretty wide standard deviation going there... have to ask if the relationship is statistically significant Sticking out tongue

shano's picture

It would appear that the Calorie density of the food and the rate at which cals are consumed is more significant to the BMI than the time spent eating...obviously low cal food will take longer to eat as the volume is greater. Smiling

Justin's picture

I'm not sure there is any correlation there.

Type of food? Would the nations with a higher BMI average eat more processed / ready to eat food?

What are they spending their time doing, if not eating?

Do the canadians spend less time eating because they are in a hurry to go moose-spotting, whereas the americans are in a rush to watch TV? Do the New Zealanders spend a lot of time eating, in front of the TV?

Compare Korea and turkey. Korea spends half the time eating and has half the average BMI of Turkey. Blows any correlation out there.

The only 'cluster' is in the middle... the only factor I can see there is they are all in Europe.

I think the curve is skewed by this cluster... I certainly couldn't read this to say anything much about time eating vs obesity, except at the extremes, and nothing here explains that (except generalisations)

The only surpise for me here is Mexico... must be a lot of fat in those tacos!

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