Study Links Lack of Sleep and Obesity in Young Kids

Study Links Lack of Sleep and Obesity in Young KidsA recent study has thrown light on the association between lack of sleeping and obesity. As per the report, the team led by Prof. Rachael Taylor of the human nutrition department at the University of Otago in Dunedin, examined 244 children between the age of three and seven, and found that every extra hour of sleep at the age of three to five resulted in reduction in BMI by 0.49 times and 0.61 times in the risk associated with weight gain at the age of seven.

Funded by the University of Otago, the Child Health Research Foundation, the New Zealand Heart Foundation, and the Dean’s Bequest-AAW Jones Trust, the study researchers from New Zealand are of the view, “Youngsters who sleep less are more likely to be overweight, with high body fat values, even after adjustment for lifestyle and variables”.

If the Canadian Pediatric Society is to be believed, 10 to 12 hours of sleep is must for children aged three to five.

Moreover, sound sleep has always been a point of concern for people, as lack of sleep has been linked with many potential health concerns, irrespective of the age of the person.