It is generally accepted that obesity can arise when the number of calories consumed is greater than the amount expended.
Diet and physical activity play a huge part in this, but there is now evidence of a third important factor. According to research from the University of Chicago, short or poor quality sleep is linked to increased risk of obesity by “de-regulating appetite, leading to increased energy consumption.”
The University has obtained evidence from experimental and observational sleep studies, and found associations between getting fewer than six hours sleep and increased body mass index (BMI) or obesity. Therefore lack of sleep affects judgment when it comes to our food choices.
It stands to reason that when we have adequate amounts of sleep, we’re more likely to feel less tired and have more energy and if we have more energy, we’re more likely to think and feel differently about what we eat.
Now that we know a lack of sleep can affect our ability to choose healthy food, on a conscious level we should be able to control what and how we choose what we eat. Whilst we may not always sleep, it is important to be aware of our choices and lifestyle because they are important in how we determine what we eat.
Being aware of what makes a healthy diet may go some way to helping us make better choices. Also, wanting to have a healthier lifestyle, has a big part to play in our perceptions of healthy foods and what we eat. We should all be thinking consciously about our foods habits, so that we may eat more healthy foods.
Although we may agree with the study findings, other issues should be addressed if they are to make a big difference. Emotions will also play their part.