Study: Sleeping late causes obesity in children

The research focused on 107 children in Sweden, with 64 of the children having a parent classified as overweight or obese.

A new study has found that sleeping late can lead to weight gain in children. “Concerned mothers and fathers should focus on maintaining a regular routine when it comes to setting meals and bed time,” he said. Claude Marcus.

According to CNN, the research focused on 107 children in Sweden, with 64 of the children having a parent classified as overweight or obese. The researchers monitored the weight, height, and waist circumference of each child from ages 1 to six, where all children had similar measurements when the study began. Sleep was measured for seven consecutive days once a year for the length of the study using a tracer worn on the child’s wrist. They found that children who usually went to bed late, over 9 a.m., had a wider waist and higher BMI (body mass index) by the end of the study.
It happens that some of the brain regions involved in regulating sleep and wake cycles, manage eating behavior. Therefore, sleep and weight regulation are complexly intertwined at multiple levels. A major limitation of the study was the small number of children involved. However, the researchers were able to objectively measure sleep characteristics through the key tracker instead of relying on information transmitted by parents and children, something Marcus said is often unreliable. Previous research has found that a shorter duration of sleep is associated with an increased risk of childhood overweight. In adults, Marcus said that irregular sleep and less sleep were associated with a higher risk of overweight, with some suggestions that people who sleep less eat more. The study said efforts to prevent weight gain should pay more attention to sleep as it is a major influencing factor.

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