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Too little sleep increases your child’s risk of obesity

September 10, 2010

A recent study conducted by the University of California and the University of Washington suggests that the potential for obesity increases if children do not get enough of their nightly Z’s. The magic minimum number is 10 hours. From an article published on

Researchers from the University of California and University of Washington in Seattle looked at the relationship between sleep and weight in 1,930 children aged 0 to 13 years old who took part in a survey in 1997 and again five years later in 2002.
For children who were four years old or younger at the time of the first survey, sleeping for less than 10 hours a night was associated with nearly a twofold increased risk of being overweight or obese at the second survey.
These findings, said the researchers, suggest there is a critical time period prior to age five when adequate nightly sleep may be important in terms of a healthy weight later on.

The article goes on to discuss that there’s not a solid answer as to why this occurs, though a few theories are presented.  The theory that makes sense to me is that if they aren’t getting enough sleep, they have less energy during their waking hours to engage in a decent amount of physical activity. I know that plagues me, even at my advanced age of 31! 😉

The lesson to learn from this is that parents should be vigilant of their children’s sleep as well as playtime, as they work hand-in-hand to keeping our children healthy and happy.

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