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.