Heart risks higher for fast eaters
Diners who gobble down their food quickly are five times more likely to develop symptoms which raise their risk of a heart attack than those who savour each mouthful.
Research by Japanese scientists has found that people who eat slowly are less likely to gain weight or develop metabolic syndrome - the name for a cluster of dangerous health problems such as high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity.
The researchers found that just 2.3pc of slow eaters studied developed metabolic syndrome, compared with 6.5pc of medium-speed eaters, and 11.6pc of fast eaters.
It means that those who ate the fastest were five times more likely to develop symptoms which raised heart attack, diabetes and stroke risks.
They were also more than three times more likely to have gained three stone in weight.
Scientists say eating too quickly prevents the brain from noticing when the body has taken in too many calories.