News and Opinion from Anne Barone to Keep You Chic & Slim

|| 8 November 2018

Daylight Saving Time: Enemy of Staying Slim

When you move to the tropics from more temperate zones, one of the (many) things to which you must accustom yourself is no dusk. Daylight one minute, and then the next you realize it is dark. Spooky until you get used to it.

Near the equator, because sunrise and sunset times remain almost the same year round, many countries in Africa and Asia do not observe Daylight Saving. What joy those years I was living on those continents not to have those twice a year time changes that I have always found so disruptive to my life.

1918 World War I poster announcing Daylight Saving Time

image: 1918 World War I poster announcing Daylight Saving Time via Wikipedia. DST to give citizens more time to work in their Victory Gardens.

A schedule of regular sleep and meal times has always been essential to my system of staying slim. For some odd reason, usually the first two weeks after either the spring or autumn time change, I feel hunger sensations ALL THE TIME while my digestive system adjusts to the new mealtimes. I have difficulty sleeping. I wake at odd hours. Life can be further complicated when you have small children or pets who do not understand why sleep and feeding times have suddenly become different.

Recent studies have shown that the twice-yearly time changes have more negative effects on health than previously believed.

In Tuesday’s mid-term 2018 election, in California nearly 60 percent voted in favor of a ballot proposal to leave the state in Daylight Saving Time year round.

The BBC recently reported that Europe is also considering doing away with time changes. “The EU Commission is proposing to end the practice of adjusting clocks by an hour in spring and autumn after a survey found most Europeans opposed it.” The BBC quoted Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker who said that “millions in Europe believe that in future, summer time should be year-round.”

At one time, Daylight Saving Time was a useful practice, but we live differently now. Perhaps we would all be slimmer if we had no twice-yearly time changes.

be chic, stay slim — Anne Barone

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