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People with night eating syndrome suffer more depression
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A history of major depression is much more common among obese people with night eating syndrome than obese people without this syndrome according to a 1955 study (Stunkard et al, 1955, unpublished data as referenced in Stunkard et al, 2003).
Stunkard found that 44 percent of people with night eating syndrome had a history of major depressive disorder compared to 18 percent of obese people without this syndrome. (Stunkard et al, 1955, unpublished data as referenced in Stunkard et al, 2003).
People with night eating syndrome (NES) may be at increased risk for depression in part because of their deranged eating patterns according to Stukard et al (2003).
This syndrome is characterized by:
- Not eating in the morning
- Overeating in the evening
- Awakening at night to eat
Stunkard A, Grace W, Wolff H. The night-eating syndrome; a pattern of food intake among certain obese patients. Am J Med. 1955 Jul, 19(1):78-86.
Stunkard A, Faith M, Allison K. Depression and obesity. Biol Psychiatry. 2003 Aug 1, 54(3):330-37.
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