Late Night Eating

Late Night Eating

Late night eating, do you think you know everything about it? I thought I knew a lot about late night eating, but there is something I did not know.

Late night eating – including awakening after bedtime to eat – is linked with mood disorders, body-image issues, and obesity. But did you know that it is possible to suffer from late night eating syndrome without being overweight.

In a study conducted at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Jennifer D. Lundgren, a psychologist at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, surveyed 19 people of healthy weight who were classified as late night eaters.

Compared with 22 people who had relatively normal eating patterns, the night eaters scored much higher on tests for eating disorders and depression, and they ate 400 calories more per day.

They also exercised intensely almost daily, which probably explains their healthy weight. So how can you fight your late night eating habit?

Citing Overcoming Night Eating Syndrome, Lundgren says that the antidepressant Zoloft and cognitive behavior therapy can help, which I do not think is the right way to deal with late night eating. Therapy, yes, but Zoloft? Are you kidding me? [source: Allure]

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