Early bedtimes for preschoolers cut obesity risk later in life

Published on 26/07/2016

Article from Science Daily.

Bedtimes after 9pm appeared to double the likelihood of obesity later in life, according to a study from The Ohio State University College of Public Health.

Pre school children who are regularly in bed by 8pm are far less likely to become obese teenagers than young children who go to sleep later in the evening.

This research demonstrates the importance of establishing a bedtime routine and arms pediatricians with scientifically based advice for parents. "It's something concrete that families can do to lower their child's risk and it's also likely to have positive benefits on behavior and on social, emotional and cognitive development," Sarah Anderson, lead author of the study and associate professor of epidemiology, said.

Obesity can set kids up for a lifelong struggle with weight and health complications that can accompany it, including diabetes and heart disease. The new research, which appears in the The Journal of Pediatrics, used data from 977 children who were part of the Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development. That project followed healthy babies born at 10 U.S. sites in 1991. 

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