Study: Sleep deprivation tied to childhood obesity, mood

01/2/2008 | Forbes

Children who sleep less than nine hours per night carry more body fat and are more emotionally volatile, according to a New Zealand study of 591 7-year-old children. "Short sleep duration was associated with a threefold increased risk of the child being overweight or obese ... independent of physical activity or television watching," lead study author Ed Mitchell said. "Attention to sleep in childhood may be an important strategy to reduce the obesity epidemic."

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