Wednesday, February 7, 2007

Kids who get less sleep weigh more

Kids who get less sleep weigh more, study finds Reuters/Yahoo!News 2/7/07 ""Children who get less sleep tend to weigh more five years later," lead researcher Emily Snell extra hour of sleep cut the likelihood of being overweight from 36 percent to 30 percent in children ages 3 to 8, and from 34 to 30 percent in those ages 8 to 13...sleep experts recommend that children ages 5 to 12 sleep for 10 to 11 hours a night and adolescents sleep for 8 to 9 hours. But the researchers said children in the study at age 7 on average got less than 10 hours of sleep on weekdays and at age 14 got 8.5 hours of sleep on weekdays...Not getting enough sleep may affect hormones that influence appetite...The researchers noted there is growing evidence linking sleep to children's cognitive and social functioning, with previous research connecting sleep problems and too little sleep to maladjustment in preschoolers and depression and school problems in adolescents. "

There's also tv that increases the chance that kids will be overweight.

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