Tuesday, February 13, 2007

More sleep may help reduce child obesity

This is something I think all parents who care about their children should look into. It is something I have been saying for years that is a root cause of a lot of problems in school age children.


More sleep may help reduce child obesity

CHICAGO (UPI) -- A U.S. study suggests that earlier bedtimes, later wake times and later school start times could help reduce childhood weight problems.

Northwestern University researchers found by age 7, children were sleeping on average less than 10 hours on weekdays. By age 14 weekday sleep time fell to 8.5 hours. A full 16 percent of adolescents ages 13 to 18 were found to sleep fewer than seven hours on weekday nights.

The National Sleep Foundation recommends children ages 5 to 12 get 10 to 11 hours of sleep and adolescents get eight to nine hours.

"Many American children are simply not getting the sleep they need. Parents, policymakers and healthcare providers all are concerned about the obesity epidemic among children," says Emily Snell. "Our results suggest that something as simple as helping children sleep more at night could reduce their risk of being overweight."

The findings are published in Child Development.

Copyright 2007 by United Press International

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