Children Who Do Not Sleep Enough Face Increased Obesity Risk

August 6, 2008

A new study has revealed that children who do not sleep enough at night face an increased risk of being overweight, or obese..Washington (ChattahBox) – A new study has revealed that children who do not sleep enough at night face an increased risk of being overweight, or obese.

The study, led by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, analyzed data from over 300 children.

The long belief in the past was that if you do not sleep enough, you are more likely to be overweight or obese.

This is due to the fact that you do not have energy to take part in exercise, and are more likely to snack on junk foods.

The kids in the study were all aged 7 to 17-years old, and were followed for 3-consecutive nights.

Children who were overweight were found to sleep, on average, 22 minutes less per night compared to kids of normal weight.

It is important for children to get the sleep that they need, getting into a schedule that can help their body.

Kids who did not sleep enough at night doubled their risk of being overweight.

The study was published in the Archives of General Psychiatry.


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