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Building practical dietary strategies to improve the metabolic health of night shift workers

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posted on 2021-06-22, 02:55 authored by GLORIA KWAN WAI LEUNG
Night shift workers face an increased risk of developing heart disease, diabetes and obesity. This Thesis suggests that their increased risk of disease may be related to their night time eating habits. Therefore, we tested whether fasting for a short period of time during the night is able to improve night shift workers’ metabolic health. Our findings showed that workers were able to maintain a 5-hour fasting during the night, and this may promote body weight maintenance. Furthermore, we showed that a supportive workplace is essential, in order to help night shift workers implement healthy eating habits.


Principal supervisor

Maxine Penelope Bonham

Additional supervisor 1

Catherine Huggins

Additional supervisor 2

Suzanne Kleve

Year of Award


Department, School or Centre

Clinical Sciences at Monash Health

Additional Institution or Organisation

Nutrition and Dietetics

Campus location



Doctor of Philosophy

Degree Type



Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences