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Study examines link between weight gain, meal times

Researchers found that calorie burning was at its highest in the afternoon and evening and at its lowest in the morning, regardless of the activity. The findings in the journal Current Biology, based on seven healthy adults ages 38 to 69, showed that "any irregularity in our schedules of eating and sleeping may make us more likely to gain weight," which is the likely explanation for shift workers' increased risk of gaining weight, said study author Jeanne Duffy.

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