Sleep loss, social stress, and weight gain in adolescent girls

Takeaway

  • Acute sleep loss effects response to social stress and subsequent caloric intake in adolescent girls with overweight or obesity.

Why this matters

  • Sleep is a critical factor in adolescent health and development, affecting weight, mood, attention, and neural development. Sleep loss has been associated with obesity development in adolescent girls, possibly due to changes in eating behaviors.

  • Social stress is also related to change in eating behaviors and overweight/obesity, while sleep is also associated with emotion processing and regulation, possibly affecting neural response to social stress. Altogether, it is possible that sleep loss, social stress, and eating behaviors are linked in adolescent girls with overweight and obesity.