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10 May 2011

Working late leads to weight gain

Researchers have found that people who burn the midnight oil typically consume more kilojoules in the evening and eat more fast food than "early to bed, early to rise" types.

Night owls who consistently stay up late may be putting themselves at higher odds for weight gain, a new study finds.

The researchers found that people who stayed up late consumed an average 1,041kJ more daily. The diet of the night owls also included twice as much fast food, more non-diet sodas and only half as many fruits and vegetables as those with earlier sleep times.

Overtime workers eat more

These extra kilojoules were typically consumed at dinner and later in the evening. The study also found that those who regularly stayed up late had a higher body mass index than normal sleepers.

 
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