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Understanding Night Eating Syndrome


Night eating syndrome affects about one or two people per one hundred people. People who suffer from night eating syndrome usually begin eating about eight o’clock in the evening. The average night eater has only eaten about one third of their daily calorie intake for the day by six in the evening.

Night Eating Syndrome

Most people who have night eating syndrome will consume 56% of their daily calorie intake between the hours of eight in the evening and six in the morning. This may make more sense for a person who works the night shift but for a person who does not it is a problem. Night eaters are also more likely to have an addiction problem as well whether it is cigarettes, alcohol, even gambling. People with night eating syndrome also have a higher risk of depression or are clinical depressed. As many as 14% of night eaters are overweight and another 27% are obese.


Researchers and doctors are not sure why people who have night eating disorder also have an addiction and or depression and in some cases both. What the doctors believe is that night eating syndrome disrupts the hormone that regulates sleep, mood and the appetite. Mental health therapy is suggested to help with night eating syndrome.