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  • Sleeping less than 5 hours per night increases the risk of obesity 33 percent in people over 60

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    Thursday, February 07, 2008 6:26 am Email this article
    People over 60 who sleep less than five hours a night are 33 percent more likely to be obese compared to people who sleep seven hours per night according to a study from Spain. Short Sleep and Severe Obesity

    Severe obesity twice as likely in those who only get 5 hours sleep

    People who slept less than five hours per night were more than twice—2.1 times—more likely to be severely obese.


    Women and Weight Gain

    Women who only slept 5 hours were 3.4 times more likely to have gained 11 lbs in two years

    Women who slept less than five hours per night were 3.4 times more likely to have gained 11 pounds or more during the two year time frame of the study—from 2001 to 2003—than women who slept seven hours per night.



    Conclusion: Sleeping too much or too little may cause weight gain

    “Among older adults, sleeping 5 [hours] and sleeping 8 or 9 [hours] was associated with obesity and with short-term weight gain in women,” the study concluded.



    Subjects: 3576 people over 60

    The study followed 3576 people over the age of 60 in Spain from 2001 to 2003.


    López-García E, Faubel R,Luz León-Muñoz Zuluaga MC,José R Banegas Rodríguez-Artalejo F. Sleep duration, general and abdominal obesity, and weight change among the older adult population of spain. Am J Clin Nutr. 2008 Feb, 87(2):310-16.


    E. López-García
    Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health
    School of Medicine
    Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
    Madrid, Spain

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