Sleep Deprivation can Cause Obesity in Kids

A new research study in New Zealand reveals that kids who are sleep deprived can fall prey to obesity. The researchers report that children who got adequate sleep reduced their body mass index (BMI) and the risk of becoming overweight.

Poor sleep also negatively affects body composition, say the scientists. In the study conducted by researchers at the University of Otago, 244 children aged between 3 to 7 years were monitored.

The researchers took into consideration several lifestyle, social and dietary factors. The children slept for an average of 11 hours every day. Those kids who regularly slept less, increased their risk of higher BMI. Children who slept more reduced their BMI and the risk of becoming overweight or obese.

The researchers say sleep deprivation can make children exercise less and eat more. Therefore, they encourage parents to inculcate healthy sleep habits in their children.

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