Lack of Sleep Raises Obesity Risk Fourfold in Kids

February 3, 2013 | Byron J. Richards, Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist

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 Lack of Sleep Raises Obesity Risk Fourfold in Kids
A new study looking at sleep duration1 in 1,138 children age 6 found that less than 10 hours of sleep on a regular basis increased the risk of obesity 420 percent. This study adds to a significant body of literature that indicates a lack of sleep is an independent risk factor for becoming overweight (not just poor diet and a lack of activity).

In the study, body mass index (BMI) was measured at ages 2.5 and 6; sleep duration was reported each year. Children this age need 10-12 hours sleep. Getting less than 10 hours of sleep is clearly a problem.


Referenced Studies

  1. ^ Lack of Sleep and Obesity Risk in Young Children  Sleep  Évelyne Touchette, Dominique Petit, Richard E. Tremblay, Michel Boivin, Bruno Falissard, Christophe Genolini, Jacques Y. Montplaisir.

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