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Lack of Sleep Linked To Childhood Obesity


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New studies show a direct connection between obesity and insufficient sleep. Children with inadequate nightly rest are at higher risk for obesity than those who are getting the proper amount of sleep. If a child has likelihood to be obese, proper sleep will help protect him or her against future risk.

For one week, a study in Louisville, KY gave 308 children, ages ranging from 4 to 10 years old, a bracelet to monitor their sleep. Results found that that the children with the least amount of sleep were 4.2 times more likely to have obesity.


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