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Study: More Sleep Leads To Less Eating For Children

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File photo of an obese child's legs. (Photo by China Photos/Getty Images)

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (CBS Connecticut) – A recent study conducted at the Miriam Hospital and Alpert Medical School of Brown University found that improving the sleeping habits of kids could help combat childhood obesity.

Nature World News is reporting that a team of researchers led by Temple University’s Chantelle Hart decided to look into the relationship between sleep and diet, and did so by asking a pool of child participants to sleep for different lengths before monitoring caloric intakes.

Researchers ultimately found that, when participants slept more, they ate approximately 134 fewer calories that day, and weighed around half a pound less than they did in periods of time during the study when they slept less.

A total of 37 children took part in the study, 27 percent of whom were either overweight or obese and all of whom were between the ages of 8 and 11.

“Findings from this study suggest that enhancing school-age children’s sleep at night could have important implications for prevention and treatment of obesity,” Hart was quoted as saying in a statement obtained by Nature World News. “The potential role of sleep should be further explored.”

Hart additionally noted, “Given all of its documented benefits, in many ways, you can’t lose in promoting a good night’s sleep.”

The study was published in the journal Pediatrics.

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