A late dinner or bedtime snack is associated with a higher risk of being overweight/obese

In March 2019 researchers from Japan published the results of their study to assess whether regularly eating in the late evening and skipping breakfast was associated with the risk of overweight/obesity. A total of 19,687 Japanese women, aged 40-74 years, were involved in the study. Information on height, weight, and regular eating habits such as having a late dinner, a bedtime snack and skipping breakfast was collected via questionnaire. It was noted that 11% regularly had a late dinner, 22% had bedtime snacks, and 8% skipped breakfast. Results showed that those who consumed late dinners or bedtime snacks were more likely to skip breakfast. A further analysis revealed that having a late dinner or bedtime snack was associated with a higher risk of being overweight/obese.

Okada C et al. The Association of Having a Late Dinner or Bedtime Snack and Skipping Breakfast with Overweight in Japanese Women. J Obes. 2019 Mar 3;2019:2439571.

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