Sleep, Stress & Obesity: A Weighty Issue
Leading researchers connect sleep health to the waking life.


The UCSF Center for Obesity, Assessment, Study and Treatment presents one of the first scientific conferences to focus on the interactions between sleep, stress and obesity - our nation’s greatest epidemic and public health challenge. Leading researchers from across the country examine the problem from a variety of interesting angles, including how sleep and stress impact our metabolism and brain function, why adequate sleep and stress reduction may be the 21st century pillars of health – alongside a healthy diet and physical activity, and how sleep and stress may explain disparities in obesity risk.

Videos & Podcasts

Shawn Youngstedt, School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina and the Dorn VA Medical Center, explores how physical activity moderates the association of sleep duration and obesity.
Premiere Date: 12/24/2012 Hits/Views: 135,296
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Dr. Susan Redline, Professor of Sleep Medicine and director of programs in Sleep and Cardiovascular Medicine and Sleep Medicine Epidemiology at Harvard Medical School, explores effects of early life influences and sleep deficiency in childhood on predisposition to obesity. She also looks at age and gender vulnerabilities and identifies early childhood risk factors.
Premiere Date: 12/17/2012 Hits/Views: 209,265
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Eve Van Cauter, Professor of Medicine at the University of Chicago, directs the the Sleep, Metabolism and Health Center. She explores how sleep loss and poor sleep quality are risk factors for obesity and diabetes.
Premiere Date: 12/10/2012 Hits/Views: 827,738
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Dr. Maurice M. Ohayon is Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Stanford University and Director of the Stanford Sleep Epidemiology Research Center. He explores the distribution and determinants of obesity and sleep disorders including comorbidity with medical and mental disorders in the U.S. population.
Premiere Date: 12/3/2012 Hits/Views: 218,875
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Erica P. Gunderson, Research Scientist at Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, explores the impact on weight gain and obesity in women particularly how sleep during pregnancy and postpartum impacts weight.
Premiere Date: 12/3/2012 Hits/Views: 202,160
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