Daytime Eating and Mental Health

Small new study looks at effects of nighttime eating on depression, mood

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Beating the blues with food? A new study adds evidence that meal timing may affect mental health, including levels of depression and anxiety.

Harvard Medical School investigators at Brigham and Women’s Hospital designed a study that simulated night work and then tested the effects of daytime and nighttime eating versus daytime eating only.

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The team found that, among participants in the daytime and nighttime eating group, depression-like mood levels increased by 26 percent and anxiety-like mood levels by 16 percent.