Late night dinners may contribute to weight gain

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Growing up my grandmother would say "kitchen closed" after dinner turning off the lights while we gathered for games, TV or visiting on the porch before everyone headed to bed... As with many of the lifestyle practices that earlier generations found "normal" - three meals a day, few snacks, home cooked meals, few packaged foods, and eating most meals together - research seems to point us back to what our grandparents knew all along. Not surprising, a new study found that a late dinner - around 10pm vs 6pm - resulted in higher blood sugar and lower amounts of fat burned. While a small study, the researchers found some people are more vulnerable to the impact of late-night eating, particularly those who have type 2 diabetes or are classified as obese.

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Jamie Pope, a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Assistant Professor of Practice in Medicine, Health and Society at Vanderbilt University, has worked in the areas of obesity research, health promotion, heart disease prevention, and since 2000 teaching introductory nutrition. Beyond the classroom, she adapted portions of her nutrition courses to produce a Massive Open Online Course attracting more than 175,000 participants from around the world. This experience earned Jamie an Innovation in Teaching award from the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. She is the co-author of the textbook entitled Nutrition for a Changing World. Now in its second edition, the text is in use in over 140 universities across the U.S. and the recipient of a 2020 Textbook Excellence Award. Most recently she developed and produced an audio course for (Nutrition 101: Understanding the Science and Practice of Eating Well) that is also featured on platforms like Apple Books and Audible. Jamie holds a Master’s of Science degree in Nutrition and post graduate work in Health Psychology. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She has authored or contributed to numerous scientific and popular press publications. Jamie also held several corporate positions, serving as nutrition consultant and media representative.