Inadequate sleep predicts risk of heart disease, diabetes in obese adolescents

May 16, 2014

Obese adolescents not getting enough sleep? A study in [the March 6 edition] the Journal of Pediatrics, shows they could be increasing their risk for developing diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. Lack of sleep and obesity have been associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular and metabolic diseases in adults and young children. However, the […]

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Toddlers who sleep less may eat more

April 9, 2014

Toddlers who get too little sleep tend to eat more and are at increased risk for obesity, a new study indicates. The study included children in over 1,300 British families who had their sleep measured when they were 16 months old and their diet checked when they were 21 months old. Those who slept less […]

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Researchers identify primary factors responsible for preschool obesity

March 14, 2014

A lack of adequate sleep, having parents with high body mass index (BMI), and having their eating habits restricted for weight control purposes are the three most significant risk factors when it comes to childhood obesity for preschoolers, according to researchers from the University of Illinois. “We looked at 22 variables that had previously been […]

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Kids who add sleep can subtract pounds, study suggests

December 6, 2013

Getting kids to eat less may be as simple as making sure they get a good night’s sleep, a new small study suggests. That doesn’t mean sleep is the answer to the U.S. obesity epidemic, but it might be one part of the solution, according to study author Chantelle Hart, an associate professor of public […]

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Changing up family routines can help kids shed pounds

September 17, 2013

There is more to combating obesity than ensuring that children eat healthy food. There are other factors that can increase children’s risk of obesity — and they can be addressed within a family. A recent study found that adjusting a couple household routines in low-income, racially diverse families could help reduce children’s weight. The most […]

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Sleep less, weigh more

April 16, 2013

By Nicholas Bakalar A new study suggests that adolescent obesity could be decreased if teenagers got more sleep, and the heaviest would benefit most. For a study published last week in Pediatrics, researchers surveyed 1,429 ninth-graders, gathering data on height and weight. The children reported their sleep habits on weekdays and weekends to the nearest […]

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