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11/02/2015 11:15 GMT | Updated 11/02/2015 11:59 GMT

Student Kate Archibald Goes Up Three Dress Sizes After Eating Thousands Of Calories In Her Sleep

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Kate Archibald

A student who was left confused after going up three dress sizes realised she was gorging on calorific food during her sleep, thanks to a rare eating disorder.

Kate Archibald, a 20-year-old Aberdeen University student, was diagnosed with nocturnal sleep eating disorder, meaning she sleep-eats during the night, waking up the next morning with no memory of her culinary expeditions.

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Archibald, who went up from a 10 to a 16 during her first year, said she had "absolutely no idea" why she was putting on weight, the Metro reported.

"And I used to get in massive rows with my flatmates about all this food that was going missing – I was adamant I hadn’t eaten anything.

"It was only when I woke up one morning surrounded by chocolate bar wrappers that I realised I must have been sleep-eating."

She added: "It isn’t really seen as an eating disorder, apparently it’s more of a parasomnia.

"Basically, my body is conditioned to be hungry in the night and want food – even if I don’t."

Nocturnal eating disorders can be the result of an underlying medical problem, such as stomach ulcers or depression, other sleep disorders such as sleepwalking, or a traumatic event.

Medication such as Topiramate can be taken to treat the disorder, as it works on the appetite centre of the brain to dull it.