A commentary by Dr. Jean-Philippe Chaput (Junior Research Chair) titled, “Adequate sleep to improve the treatment of obesity,” was published today in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. Citation details are below.

Jean-Philippe Chaput and Angelo Tremblay. Adequate sleep to improve the treatment of obesity. CMAJ cmaj.120876; published ahead of print September 17, 2012.

Key points from the commentary include the following:

  • Increasing evidence supports the role of insufficient sleep in contributing to obesity.
  • Lack of sufficient sleep may compromise the efficacy of common weight-loss interventions.
  • Shifting sleep duration from a short to a healthier amount of time is associated with attenuated gain in fat mass.
  • Addressing sleep for weight management has recently been endorsed by the Canadian Obesity Network.