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Lack of sleep linked to childhood obesity

sb10064105ad-001Parents understand the importance of sleep for their child’s development and wellbeing and most strive to put their kids to bed at a reasonable hour each night.

A new study has found a link between lack of sleep and unhealthy bodyweight, giving parents an additional motivation to get their child in a routine sleeping pattern.

The report, published in the latest issue of Pediatrics, said young children with a lack of shuteye both during the week and on the weekends have a four-fold risk of obesity compared with their more well-rested peers.

Dr. David Gozal, one of the study’s lead researchers and the chair of the paediatrics department at the University of Chicago said “Catch-up sleep is better than nothing and can help but we don’t think it can offer complete protection.”

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