Genetic Mutation May Be the Reason for Night-Eating

the MPR take:

Night-eating syndrome, which affects 1–2% of the population, is characterized by late-night binge-eating. Patients typically find themselves eating more in the evening hours and having less of an appetite in the morning; the majority are also obese.  At this time, screening for genetic mutations in night-eating syndrome patients is unavailable.  More research will need to be done in humans on how defects in the genes that regulate a person's body clock affect the feeding rhythm.

Genetic Mutation May Be the Reason for Night-Eating
Genetic Mutation May Be the Reason for Night-Eating
People woken at night by insatiable hunger may have their genes to blame, research suggests. Night-eating syndrome may appear when the genes that synchronise eating patterns with sleep are faulty, research on mice concluded. Mutations in a related body-clock gene - implicated in sleep disorders - led to the mice sleeping more.

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