Shift workers by virtue of their profession are at a greater risk of chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular disease. It remains to be determined what factors associated with shift work contribute to the increased risk of chronic disease and the aetiology is likely to be multifaceted. Altered eating times, snacking behaviour and food choice may play a role. We propose a holistic approach to assess eating behaviour in shift workers with the aim of providing evidence for the development and implementation of dietary guidelines for shift workers. We have a number of studies ongoing in this area ranging from ecological studies to understand the food environment of shift workers compared with day workers, to exploring the metabolic responses to foods at different times of the day and night.
School of Clinical Sciences at Monash Health / Hudson Institute of Medical Research
BASE facility, Notting Hill