Stop eating when you are 80 percent full and you could live up to 30 percent longer, a study by Australian scientists has found.
Eat less, live longer
Stop eating when you are 80 percent full and you could live up to 30 percent longer, a study by Australian scientists has found, Life Times reports. Overeating by the young may even damage the health of the next generation. And the negative impact of short-term overeating could last for years, not to mention adding unsightly fat.
Why do we eat so much?
One reason is buffet lunches -- they need no explanation. Business dinners that last for hours also encourage people to eat too much. Dinner parties with friends are also culprits, as being in a good mood gives you an appetite. Eating too quickly because you are busy can also be a problem. It takes 20 minutes for the brain to receive a warning of overeating, so wolfing lunch in 10 minutes is not a good idea. Finally, skipping meals due to work pressure can lead to binge-eating in the evening.
What wrong about overeating?
"Taking in half the food that your stomach can contain is enough for you to survive. Eating too much places a burden on your organs and causes many health problems," Hong Shaoguang, chief heath education expert of the Ministry of Heath, said.
·Obesity: Countless scientific studies have proved that obesity causes heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, arteriosclerosis and other complications.
·Gastropathy: Overeating can cause severe indigestion even damage the gastrointestinal tract.
·Fatigue: Overeating slows brain reactions and accelerates the brain's aging process.
·Cancer: Japanese scientists have found that overeating can switch off a gene that combats cancer.
·Dementia: Japanese experts have found that 30 to 40 percent of senile dementia patients overate when they were younger.
·Osteoporosis: Regular overeating decalcifies bones and increases the risk of Osteoporosis (brittle bone disease).
(China.org.cn September 20, 2010)