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Are lack of sleep and obesity tied in kids?

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Yes. Just like adults, kids who don't sleep enough can have weight problems. Proper rest is just as important as nutrition and exercise to your child's health. Infants who sleep less than 12 hours a day are twice as likely to be obese by age 3 than those who sleep more than that. If a 3-year-old sleeps less than 10 1/2 hours each night, there's almost double the chance they will be obese by age 7.

SOURCES:

Obesity Review: “The role of leptin and ghrelin in the regulation of food intake and body weight in humans: a review.”

PLOS Medicine: “Short Sleep Duration Is Associated with Reduced Leptin, Elevated Ghrelin, and Increased Body Mass Index.”

National Sleep Foundation: “Does Sleeping Longer or Shorter Impact Your Weight?”

American Journal of Clinical Nutrition: “Short sleep duration increases energy intakes but does not change energy expenditure in normal-weight individuals.”

American Society for Nutrition: “Is Obesity Linked to Sleep Deprivation?”

Harvard Health Publishing: “Six healthy snacking strategies.”

Harvard School of Public Health: “Sleep Deprivation and Obesity.”

Medicine: “Assessment of sleep and obesity in adults and children.”

Pediatrics: “Thoughts on the Association Between Sleep and Obesity.”

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: “How Sleep Habits Affect Healthy Weight.”

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on March 17, 2020

SOURCES:

Obesity Review: “The role of leptin and ghrelin in the regulation of food intake and body weight in humans: a review.”

PLOS Medicine: “Short Sleep Duration Is Associated with Reduced Leptin, Elevated Ghrelin, and Increased Body Mass Index.”

National Sleep Foundation: “Does Sleeping Longer or Shorter Impact Your Weight?”

American Journal of Clinical Nutrition: “Short sleep duration increases energy intakes but does not change energy expenditure in normal-weight individuals.”

American Society for Nutrition: “Is Obesity Linked to Sleep Deprivation?”

Harvard Health Publishing: “Six healthy snacking strategies.”

Harvard School of Public Health: “Sleep Deprivation and Obesity.”

Medicine: “Assessment of sleep and obesity in adults and children.”

Pediatrics: “Thoughts on the Association Between Sleep and Obesity.”

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: “How Sleep Habits Affect Healthy Weight.”

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on March 17, 2020

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