Who would have thought that preschooler bedtime influences obesity? Ohio State University experts say that tucking young children into bed early may fight the risk of obesity during teenage years.
Bedtimes should be part of a healthy behavior which can last for a lifetime. Professor Sarah Anderson, the lead author of the study, believes that not getting sufficient slip is a known factor for obesity.
The new research is the first to use data which has been collected over a 10-year period. It revealed that children who go to sleep after 9 pm doubled their risk of obesity when they were in high school.
The study first looked at bedtimes for children when they were about four and a half years old. There were three different bedtimes taken into consideration: before 8 pm, between 8 pm and 9 pm and after 9 pm. Around half of the participants tucked their children into bed between 8 pm and 9 pm.
Ten years later, when the kids were almost 15 years old, they measured height and weight. This was necessary to determine the kids’ body mass index – or BMI.
For those who went to sleep earlier before 8 pm, 10 percent were considered obese. However, 23 percent of the kids who went to bed after 9 pm were considered obese ten years later. The ones who were in bed from 8 to 9 pm had a 16 percent rate of obesity.
The study revealed that earlier bedtimes mean longer sleep time, and sleep time is an important health factor. Genetics, too, play a role, but sleep is something that can be 100% controlled by parents.
Obesity leads to many other problems, such as diabetes, high cholesterol or high-blood pressure. The easiest way of combating obesity is never to put on weight in the first place. And getting plenty of sleep can help with that.
Kids should have a quiet and safe room for sleep, as it is very important in their development. Extra weight in children is a major health issue in America. Approximately 17 percent, or 12,7 million children and adolescents are obese, according to newest figures from the Center for Disease Control.
Obesity means a lifelong struggle with complications and weight gain, or heart disease. So it’s best to avoid it.
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