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Eating later in the day may be linked with obesity

Source: The Endocrine Society

Eating later in the day may contribute to weight gain, according to a new study.

  • The week-long study included 31 overweight and obese adults, average age 36. Ninety percent were women.

  • They were enrolled in an ongoing weight-loss trial comparing daily caloric restrictions to time-restricted feeding, meaning they could only eat during certain hours of the day.

  • Participants wore an activPAL electronic device on their thigh. This device measured how much time they spent in physical and sedentary activities.

  • They also wore an Actiwatch, which assesses sleep/wake patterns. Participants were asked to use a phone app called MealLogger to photograph and time stamp all meals and snacks throughout the day.

  • The researchers found that on average, participants consumed food throughout an 11-hour timeframe during the day and slept for about 7 hours a night.

  • People who ate later in the day slept at a later time, but they slept for about the same amount of time as those who finished eating earlier.

Later meal timing was associated with a higher body mass index as well as greater body fat


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