Study highlights potential mechanism underlying link between lack of sleep and obesity

Written by Alice Weatherston

A cross-sectional study carried out at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (AL, USA) has recently identified a potential new relationship between insufficient sleep and secondary eating and drinking. The team believe that the results may shed light on the mechanism underlying the well-know association between short sleeping times and obesity. “The association between short sleep and obesity risk is well-established,” explained lead author Gabriel Tajeu (University of Alabama at Birmingham). “However, we are looking at whether short sleep is linked to more time spent in secondary eating or drinking, that is, eating or drinking beverages other than water —...

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