Sleepless Kids Become Overweight Adults

A new peer-reviewed study from Bristol University highlights an important factor in the current childhood obesity epidemic. Researchers found that children who stay up too late at night are more prone to pack on pounds throughout their lives. The study noted that sleep deprivation leads to a disruption of hormones that control the desire for calorie-rich foods, hunger and energy expenditure. One in four children aged 11-15 years is now so obese, their weight threatens their health. Researchers in the study indicate weak parental oversight of children's use of television, computers and mobile phones is a prominent cause of children sleeping less.
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