My kid is a midnight sneaky snacker
Late-Night Eating Causes Multiple Disorders
Parents of 16-year old Amit Chavda (name changed) were worried by his sudden weight gain and complete reversal of sleeping habits. Amit used to keep awake at night – often bingewatching films or shows on his tablet to ‘exhaust the data pack for the day’ – and sleep during the daytime. When they consulted a psychiatrist after a recommendation, it was also revealed that the web series spree was often accompanied by equal helping of food.
As nocturnal activities of the teens and youths have increased exponentially thanks to digital devices, a number of city-based experts are flooded with queries to ‘cure’ the lifestyle and eating disorders. Experts said the trend is worrisome as it not only affects a person’s body clock severely, but also causes irreversible damage to the latter’s health in the long run.
Dr Hansal Bhachech, a city-based psychiatrist, said today’s young generation leads a stressful life and it gets reflected in their routine. “In one of my recent cases, a 24-year-old youth was referred to me. The youth had type II diabetes with abnormal blood sugar profile. While taking the history of the case, I got to know that his routine lacked any kind of exercise and he went to sleep very late. After counselling, we suggested him a corrective course to maintain his health,” he said.
He added that a number of factors – ranging from latenight football matches to tendency to work at night – are responsible for the change. “It has been observed that the food they eat when they get hungry post midnight is often unhealthy and the eating is unconscious. We advice such patients to ensure fixed timings for sleeping, keeping away from digital devices and maintain a routine, including exercise,” said Dr Bhachech, adding that most of the cases he has observed are in age group of 15 to 25 years.
Dr Rucha Mehta, a citybased endocrinologist, said in one of her recent cases, a teen had diabetes over 200 after which the parents sought counselling. “Childhood obesity is a phenomenon now and it can take epidemic proportions if right steps are not taken in time,” she said.