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Children Who Sleep More Eat Fewer Calories

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  • Children who slept more ate fewer calories, weighed less and had lower levels of the hormone leptin compared to those who slept less
  • If your child is overweight, making sure he or she gets proper sleep each night may help with weight loss and maintenance by positively modulating hormone levels, food cravings, activity levels, insulin sensitivity and more
  • Many kids stay up late watching TV, surfing the Web or playing video games, then have trouble falling asleep; turning off the TV at a set time, or removing the TV and computer from your child's bedroom, can help ensure a good night's sleep

By Dr. Mercola

In the US, more than one-third of children and adolescents are overweight or obese. Eighteen percent of American children between the ages of six and 11 are in the obese category—up from seven percent in 1980.


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