Working the Night Shift May Increase Your Waistline

An in-depth review of 28 studies revealed that, on average, routinely working a night shift increases the risk of being overweight or obese by 29%. Connie Diekman, the director of university nutrition at Washington University in St. Louis, believes that sleep disruption is to blame because it affects eating habits and metabolism. She explains, “When people are awake when they should be sleeping, the hormones related to hunger and satiety appear to be thrown off, resulting in changes in eating, changes in metabolism, and a tendency to eat more than we need.” The findings should raise concerns, as 20% of the global workforce currently works at night. Obesity Reviews, October 2017