More Sleep Could Mean a Lower Risk of Obesity for Kids

Parents: make sure your kids get enough sleep. A recent study published in Pediatrics shows that kids who get enough sleep are less likely to be obese. Researchers from the University of Chicago and the University of Louisville conducted the study by comparing the sleep patterns of 308 children between the ages of 4 and 10 with their BMIs. They found that the average kid got just 8 hours of sleep a night–less than the recommended 9–and that those who slept for 9.5 to 10 hours were the least likely to be obese.

Sleep deprivation contributes to obesity in adults, too.

Dr John Ellis MD

Board-certified anesthesiologist, with expertise in cardiovascular anesthesia and the implications of obesity and sleep apnea in anesthesia. See vascularanesthesia.com for professional information. Dr. Ellis has used the strategies in here to: (1) lose 120 lbs over 18 months, (2) stop all antihypertensive medicines, and (3) no longer need CPAP treatment for sleep apnea.

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