Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Lack of Sleep May Lead to Excess Weight

Lack of Sleep May Lead to Excess Weight - Study Finds Link Between Hours of Sleep and Risk of Obesity -

(Las Vegas, NV) - November 16, 2004 - The less you sleep, the more likely you are to become obese, according to a study being presented at the North American Association for the Study of Obesity (NAASO)'s Annual Scientific Meeting held November 14-18.

The study, by researchers at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health and the Obesity Research Center, demonstrated a clear link between the risk of being obese and the number of hours of sleep each night, even after controlling for depression, physical activity, alcohol consumption, ethnicity, level of education, age, and gender. The study was an analysis of
data taken from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey I (NHANES I).

"The results are somewhat counterintuitive, since people who sleep less are naturally burning more calories," said lead researcher James Gangwisch, a post-doctoral fellow in psychiatric epidemiology at Columbia University.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), deaths due to obesity - as it relates to poor diet and physical inactivity - may soon overtake tobacco as the leading preventable cause of death. Obesity can significantly increase a person's risk for a number of serious conditions, including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure and
some types of cancer.

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Key Words - Sleep, Obesity, Weight Loss,

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