Body clock disruption ''could lead to obesity problems''
Disrupting the body clock and a lack of sleep could lead
people to put on weight.
According to a paper published in Bioessays, the human body has
its own inbuilt, default rhythm for hormone release that lasts for
roughly 24 hours.
However, it is upset by exposure to artificial light cycles and
irregular meal, work and sleep times.
Dr Cathy Wyse from the chronobiology research group at the
University of Aberdeen observed that as people in the 21st century
struggle to keep to the normal body clock routine, their health and
weight are in danger.
She went on to note that over the last century, the "ancient
synchronization between the rhythm of the human clock and the
environment [has] gradually disappeared from our lives".
The metabolic changes this brings about in humans means they are
now more susceptible to weight gain.
Indeed, figures from 2009 found that 19 per cent of men were
estimated to be at an increased risk of becoming obese.
Posted by Michael Ewing