Midnight snacking a disorder or indulgence

Midnight snacking is not an indulgence but a disorder that doctors are giving the ominous label of Night Eating Syndrome (NES). Nearly 5% of 230 patients of Sion hospital’s psychiatry department whom doctors studied for two years had symptoms indicating NES, characterized by an urge to eat sweet

and oily food at night. “Awareness about this syndrome is low even among the medical community,” said Dr Nilesh Shah, the department head. “Yet if not controlled, it can lead to obesity and obesity-related problems such as diabetes and arthritis.”

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