Study Irregular Eating Times Bad For Waistline

09.08.09 | FL News Team

Researchers have discovered eating at irregular times, especially when the body wants to sleep, has a huge influence on weight gain. In a study done at Northwestern University, mice that were fed a high-fat diet during normal sleeping hours gained significantly more weight than mice that ate the same type and amount of food during normally wakeful hours. The findings might be used to develop eating patterns to fight obesity in humans. Study details are published in the journal "Obesity."


Scientists say while many people think an effective diet is simply a matter of burning more calories than we take in, it isn't that simple. Timing meals and staying away from the fridge or pantry at night could go a long way toward slowing what's been called the "obesity epidemic" in the United States. More than one-third of American adults are considered obese.