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Nighttime eating and breast cancer among Chinese women in Hong Kong

Overview of attention for article published in Breast Cancer Research, March 2017
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Title
Nighttime eating and breast cancer among Chinese women in Hong Kong
Published in
Breast Cancer Research, March 2017
DOI 10.1186/s13058-017-0821-x
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Mengjie Li, Lap Ah Tse, Wing-cheong Chan, Chi-hei Kwok, Siu-lan Leung, Cherry Wu, Wai-cho Yu, Priscilla Ming-yi Lee, Koon-ho Tsang, Sze-hong Law, Roel Vermeulen, Fangyi Gu, Neil E. Caporaso, Ignatius Tak-sun Yu, Feng Wang, Xiaohong Rose Yang

Abstract

A novel line of research suggests that eating at nighttime may have several metabolic consequences that are highly relevant to breast cancer. We investigated the association between nighttime eating habits after 10 p.m. and breast cancer in Hong Kong women. A hospital-based case-control study was conducted during 2012-2015. A total of 922 patients with incident breast cancer (cases) and 913 hospital controls were recruited and interviewed using a standard questionnaire including information on eating behavior during both daytime and nighttime. We collected the timing, duration, types and frequencies of food intake of eating at nighttime. Odds ratios (ORs) for the risk of breast cancer in relation to nighttime eating-related variables were calculated by unconditional multivariable logistic regression. Eating at night after 10 pm was significantly associated with breast cancer with an adjusted OR of 1.50 (95% confidence interval (CI) 1.06-2.12, P = 0.02), and the associations were stronger in women who had the longest duration of nighttime eating (≥20 years) (adjusted OR = 2.28 (95% CI 1.13-4.61, P = 0.02) and who ate late (midnight to 2 a.m.) (adjusted OR = 2.73, 95% CI 1.01-6.99, P = 0.04). Interestingly, nighttime eating was only associated with breast cancer among women who consumed staple foods (OR = 2.16, 95% CI 1.42-3.29, P < 0.001) but not those who ate vegetables or fruits as nighttime meals. The significant association between nighttime eating and breast cancer was observed among women with body mass index (BMI) <25 (OR = 2.29, 95% CI 1.48-3.52, P < 0.001) but not among women with BMI ≥25. Results from this study suggest a possible association between nighttime eating behavior and breast cancer. These findings need to be confirmed by independent large studies.

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Geographical breakdown

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Unknown 22 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 5 23%
Student > Postgraduate 3 14%
Researcher 2 9%
Student > Ph. D. Student 2 9%
Professor 1 5%
Other 5 23%
Unknown 4 18%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 10 45%
Psychology 2 9%
Nursing and Health Professions 1 5%
Business, Management and Accounting 1 5%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 1 5%
Other 3 14%
Unknown 4 18%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 9. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 27 May 2019.
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#1,990,808
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Outputs from Breast Cancer Research
#307
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#62,201
of 302,272 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Breast Cancer Research
#3
of 15 outputs
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