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Published: Friday, Nov. 15 2013 9:00 a.m. MST

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DesolationRobot
Cottonwood Heights, UT

The study's findings do not support the headline. They did a multivariate regression to show a relationship between sleep and body fat, but they didn't study the causality between the two. This is a classic case of the (oft overused) "correlation does not prove causation" mantra. In order to prove causation, you would have to investigate a mechanism for such. There have been studies that amount of sleep can affect your endocrine system, so the possibility is definitely there. I also know that when you find yourself up late at night the likelihood of junk food consumption goes way up. So there could be a delicious lurking variable.

But the headline is very lazy reporting.

Aguia
Logan, UT

It is my understanding of statistics that that related, linked, and correlation are more or less synonyms. All refer to the fact that some relationship exists between two factors without implying the direction of the relationship. As the headline uses the term linked it is still an appropriate headline.

Mayfair
City, Ut

Many mothers could tell you the headline is spot-on correct.

Jorge_MT
Argentina, 00

Well, actually the "more or less" bit is what makes it bad science.

Another thing - and I have seen this all over the place, particularly when talking about weight - is that apparently there is no direct correlation between body fat and inconsistent bedtimes.

The correlation is, rather, between bad sleeping habits and bad eating habits. Which is, after all, logical, right? Lack of discipline cuts every way (tell me about it!).

The Final Word
Alpine, UT

I'll tell you what really leads to weight gain. Eating a lousy diet with too many calories and lack of physical activity.

What a revelation huh?

Science continues its quest of providing a myriad of excuses so people can be distracted and avoid the simple truth about their fat physiques.

Stop eating too much crap and get some exercise.

Mark C
Gilbert, SC

Where are men in this? I realize that women were the universe of this study but I can't help but think the same findings would be discovered if the study were made with men.

wrz
Phoenix, AZ

"Deseret News National For women, inconsistent bedtimes linked to body fat, weight gain"

Give us a break!! Body fat and weight gain comes from eating too much food including such as french fries, white bread, pasta, mashed potatoes and gravy, soda pop, etc., and failing to exercise each day. That's what makes people fat.

wrz
Phoenix, AZ

DesolationRobot
Cottonwood Heights, UT

The study's findings do not support the headline. They did a multivariate regression to show a relationship between sleep and body fat, but they didn't study the causality between the two. This is a classic case of the (oft overused) "correlation does not prove causation" mantra. In order to prove causation, you would have to investigate a mechanism for such. There have been studies that amount of sleep can affect your endocrine system, so the possibility is definitely there. I also know that when you find yourself up late at night the likelihood of junk food consumption goes way up. So there could be a delicious lurking variable.

Alfred
Phoenix, AZ

@DesolationRobot:
"I also know that when you find yourself up late at night the likelihood of junk food consumption goes way up."

There ain't nothing wrong with junk food. Some guy ate Twinkies every day for a long time (can't remember how long) and lost weight. What makes people fat is eating more calories than used... period!! Doesn't matter where the calories come from. Just don't eat alotta food if you're not doing hard physical labor eight to ten hours per day.

HSTeacher
Boise, ID

I haven't done any scientific studies; but I know when I don't get enough sleep, it directly affects my weight and how my clothes fit. When I get the proper rest, I feel much thinner and my clothes fit better. I spend too many late nights grading papers, and I bloat up.

jimhale
Eugene, OR

Do people who stay up late simply eat more while they are at it?

Do people who get over 8 hours of sleep then fail to exercise for lack of wake time?

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