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An “Eating Jet Lag” May Cause Obesity in Adults

“Eating jet lag” is the irregularity in eating schedules. The new study finds its links to obesity and an increased BMI in adults. The researchers find that an irregularity in food consumption leads to an increase in weight as it directly affects the metabolic function of the body.

The University of Barcelona found that eating jet lag can lead to an increase in BMI (body mass index). BMI is a standard that determines a healthy weight by measuring height and corresponding it with body mass.

This study is published in a journal named “Nutrients”.

There are various determinants of BMI such as a daily physical activity, chronotype, the changed sleeping plan on weekends (social jet lag) and quality of the diet.

Maria Izquierdo Pulido, the study author works at the Department of Nutrition (UB) and Trinitat Cambras, co-author from the Department of biochemistry and physiology (UB), wrote that regularity is very important in eating schedules even in weekends to control weight and could be essential to prevent obesity.

Depending on the time of the day the body perceives calorie intake in a different way. It is proved by recent research and is no more a hidden thing. Eating at odd hours may also increase the risk of obesity. Maria Izquierdo Pulido found that the body is organized by the body’s biological clock to metabolize calories that a person eats all day.

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However, the human body gets ready for abstinence at night while it rests and sleeps. When people consume as per their circadian cycle, it ensures the assimilation of nutrients through metabolic pathways. Intaking food at an odd hour can change the body’s schedule and sometimes it also changes the metabolic functions of the body.

This study was conducted in Spain and Mexico and had approximately 1,106 study participants (ages ranging between 18 and 22). the researcher examined the link between BMI and the unevenness in food intake time on weekends in comparison with the weekdays. The authors presented the collected different changes in eating during weekends (the eating jet lag) ion this study.

 Maria Fernanda Zeron Rugerio found that during weekends the change in timing of the three meals is linked to obesity. The difference of 3.5 hours in eating schedules could cause a great impact on the BDI and the danger of getting obese could increase.

Authors think that people do not synchronize the biological time of the body with social time (chronodisruption) to explain how “eating jet lag: and obesity are connected. The human biological clock operates like a highly skilled machine that emancipates the same metabolic and physiological response on identical hours. Regular eating and sleeping schedules assist the body to boost energy homeostasis. People of high changes in their schedules are at a high risk of getting obese.

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To understand the metabolic changes and physiological processes that cause the “eating jet lag” and its links to obesity more researches are needed. The authors emphasize the significance of maintaining regular sleeping and eating schedules to protect wellbeing and health.

Maria Izquierdo Pulido found that Physical exercise and diet are the two main factors regarding obesity, apart from the other factors include pre-set eating time because it has a great impact on body weight.

Eating variability during weekends compared to other days of the week should be avoided to preserve health and well being.


Areeba Hussain

Areeba is an independent medical and healthcare writer. For the last three years, she is writing for Tophealthjournal. Her prime areas of interest are diseases, medicine, treatments, and alternative therapies. Twitter @Areeba94789300

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