Childhood obesity and lack of sleep in children possibly linked

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – Getting a good night’s sleep is important for everyone. And for a child, getting enough sleep may be one of the keys to fighting off obesity. Researchers from Mass General Hospital followed more than a thousand children from infancy to age seven. The children were recommended to get anywhere from nine to 12 hours of sleep, depending on their age. The study found that those who consistently got less than that were more likely to be obese by age 7. Sleep has been found to affect both hormones and metabolism.

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