Insufficient sleep was defined as less than 12 hours per day from ages 6 months to 2 years, less than 10 hours per day for ages 3 and 4, and less than 9 hours per day from age 5 to 7.
The results of the study indicated the following:
- children with the lowest sleep scores had the highest levels of all body measurements for obesity and adiposity, including abdominal fat which is considered to be particularly hazardous.
- association was consistent at all ages, indicting there was no critical period for the interaction between sleep and weight.
The researchers recommend that parents and children should be educated on good sleep habits.
Reference: Medical Express. Chronic insufficient sleep increases obesity, overall body fat in children. Retrieved from the web on 5/21/14 at http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-05-chronic-insufficient-obesity-body-fat.html#nwlt.
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