Obesity has become an epidemic and there are many factors why. Our modern era of processed and fast food, rushed schedules, and too many restaurants to choose from are a major part of it. Here's one obesity risk you've probably never heard of and how to reduce your risk.
A paper recently published in Bioessays by Dr. Cathy Wyse, working with the University of Aberdeen, examines how the human internal clock, or daily circadian rhythms, is affected by irregular eating and sleeping patterns and work schedules such as shift jobs, and whether that contributes to obesity or impacts health.
Says Wyse: "The human clock struggles to remain tuned to our highly irregular lifestyles, and I believe that this causes metabolic and other health problems, and makes us more likely to become obese."
Dr. Wyse believes that circadian desynchrony affects human health by disrupting the systems in the brain that regulate metabolism, leading to an increased likelihood of developing obesity and diabetes.
Further research is needed in studying how circadian desynchrony, along with diet and exercise, come into play with obesity.
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Is your daily schedule erratic? Time to make a change for the better--and your body will thank you. To maintain a healthy weight and reduce your obesity risk, try the following:
- Get enough sleep each night while in total darkness (and get to sleep at the same time)
- Get sunlight during the day
- Eat meals at the same time each day
Take care of your health and the weight loss will follow. Contact WeightLossNYC at 718-491-5525 if you want to change your life today.