“That’s an average amount — some women gained much more than that,” says lead researcher Sanjay Patel, M.D., Assistant Professor of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH.
“Even a small difference in weight can increase a person’s risk of health problems, such as diabetes and hypertension.”
Women Who Sleep Less, Eat Less…and Still Gain
The researchers looked at exercise habits to determine if they could account, in part, for the findings. But they didn’t discover any differences in exercise levels or physical activity that would explain why the women who slept less weighed more.