Short sleep duration and sleep-related breathing problems increase obesity risk in kids

December 11, 2014 5:27 AM

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Short sleep duration and sleep-related breathing problems increase obesity risk in kids

Sleep-related breathing problems and chronic lack of sleep may each double the risk of a child becoming obese by age 15, according to new research from Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. The good news is that both sleep problems can be corrected. The study, which followed nearly 2,000 children for 15 years, published online today in The Journal of Pediatrics.

"In recent years, lack of sleep has become a well-recognized risk for childhood obesity," said Karen Bonuck, Ph.D., professor of family and social medicine and of obstetrics & gynecology and women's health at Einstein and lead author on the paper. "Sleep-disordered breathing, or SDB, which includes ...

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