Chicago—Individuals with night eating
syndrome (NES) rise from their beds once or twice a night to snack, consuming
one third or more of their daily food intake after their evening meal. Stress
usually triggers such behavior, says psychiatrist Albert Stunkard, MD, of
the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, who first
described it nearly 50 years ago (Am J Med. 1955;19:78-86).
NES may develop in individuals whose weight is normal—at least
initially. An estimated 7% of patients in obesity clinics, and 27% of those
seeking bariatric surgery have NES, Stunkard said in an interview.
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