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Revista mexicana de trastornos alimentarios

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ESCOBAR, Carolina et al. Poor quality sleep is a contributing factor to obesity. Rev. Mex. de trastor. aliment [online]. 2013, vol.4, n.2, pp.133-142. ISSN 2007-1523.

The aim of this revisión is to highlight recent evidence that links low quality and quantity of sleep with an increased propensity to develop overweight or obesity. In this text we present evidence obtained with controlled clinical studies as well as with experimental models, both indicating that decreased hours of sleep lead to metabolic and behavioral changes that then induce overconsumption of food, which then results in weight gain. With this review we want to present sleep as an additional factor contributing to metabolic disease and we aim to raise interest in professional involved in the study of overweight and obesity in order to include this factor as an additional variable in their research and strategies of intervention.

Keywords : Circadian disruption; obesity; hypothalamus; clock genes.

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