Sleep and weight problems: A new avenue for intervention?
The prevalence of obesity has been growing steadily for a number of years. Obesity is usually associated with two major factors: increased calorie intake and reduced level of physical activity among the population. However, other variables may contribute to weight problems, including a lack of sleep. This issue of Topo will examine recent research results on the relationship between sleep and weight status, and potential links between the environment, sleep, and obesity. Sleep is a lifestyle habit that has been increasingly studied in recent years and has also been more closely associated with major problems of health and well-being (chronic diseases, mental health, child development, etc.), hence the importance of focusing on it.