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Lack of sleep when young has fat risk

27th May 2011

New research has suggested that children who get insufficient sleep at night are more likely to become overweight.

A study, published on the BMJ website, followed 244 children between the ages of three and seven and found that more sleep was linked to a lower weight, which could have important public health consequences. UK experts said that there was no harm in drawing attention to the link between reduced sleep and ill health. Children under five generally average at least 11 hours sleep at night and in daytime naps.

 

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