STUDY: Irregular “body-clocks” may play a role in obesity

Posted on: 6:18 pm, August 30, 2012, by , updated on: 06:20pm, August 30, 2012


(CBS) – Obesity may be linked to our body-clocks. A new paper  published in Neurology Neurosurgery and Psychiatry suggests shiftwork, artificial light and a 24-hour lifestyle have thrown off our natural rhythms, which regulate the sleep-wake cycle.

Researchers at the University of Aberdeen say this could lead to a disrupted metabolism, weight gain and diabetes.

While some disruption is inevitable, doctors recommend people keep regular meal times, get plenty of daylight, and uninterrupted night-time sleep.