As mentioned previously, Dr. Jean-Philippe Chaput delivered a pan-Canadian lecture series for the 2011 Symposium on Nutrition and Health funded by the Dairy Farmers of Canada (Edmonton, Toronto, Montreal, and Moncton). The title of his talk was “Beyond inactivity and unhealthy diet: new determinants of obesity”.

While in Moncton, the final lag of the lecture series, Dr. Chaput’s research was featured in the Times & Transcript. From the article, “Diet and exercise only one part of the weight-loss puzzle:”

People who are obese have long heard they need to eat less and exercise more, but doctors should also consider telling them to get a good night’s sleep, relax a little bit and have a glass of milk once in a while.

Jean-Philippe Chaput is a junior research chair in healthy lifestyle and obesity at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute in Ottawa and an assistant professor at the school of Human Kinetics at University of Ottawa.

He was in Moncton yesterday to speak at a nutrition and health symposium sponsored by the Dairy Farmers of Canada about some of the non-traditional factors that affect a person’s weight.

Lack of sleep is one area Chaput has focused on.

“When people sleep less time, they have more opportunities for eating, they are more likely to snack,” he says, and people who are tired are less likely to engage in vigorous physical activity, both of which can lead to weight gain.

Chaput says not getting enough sleep also stresses the body, causing it to produce more of the appetite stimulating hormone ghrelin and reducing its glucose tolerance, among other things.

And more and more of us aren’t getting enough sleep.

To read the article in its entirety, click here.