Adequate Sleep Prevents Obesity

Getting enough sleep is critical for weight control— according to an editorial in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. People who sleep longer have a lower body mass index, which is a measure of the proportion of weight to height. Inadequate sleep increases total food intake, snacking frequency, the number of meals consumed per day and the consumption of high-calorie foods. Poor sleep patterns encourage people to eat for pleasure (hedonistic eating patterns). The editorial concluded that sleep is as important as physical activity and proper nutrition for good health. (American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 101: 5-6, 2015)

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