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Weekend lie-in keeps kids at healthy weight

Jonathan Warren

20.04.2012

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Jonathan Warren
Your child’s risk of obesity could be cut by over 30 per cent just by spending longer in their children’s bedssb10063680as-001 at weekends, a new study has revealed. Experts from Hallym University Sacred Heart Hospital in Seoul led a team of researchers who found that children who slept longer at weekends were 33 per cent less likely to be obese, the Daily Mail reported on April 21st. The study, which has been published in the Journal of Sleep, examined the sleeping habits of 936 school children aged ten and 11 to establish the link between increased weekend sleep and reduced risk of obesity problems. Catching up on sleep missed during the week resets sleeping patterns. Getting enough sleep reduces calorie intake during the day and balances out metabolism. In the UK more than one in four children are overweight, a statistic that has raised great concern among experts who fear that an epidemic of heart disease and diabetes could be on the cards. The study marks the continuation of research into the link between sleep deprivation and weight problems. A report on the findings said: “These results indicate that weekend catch-up sleep is independently associated with decreased risk of being overweight.”

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Jonathan Warren

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