Nov. 4, 2013,
Getting kids to eat less may be as simple as making sure they get a good night’s sleep, a new small study suggests.
That doesn’t mean sleep is the answer to the U.S. obesity epidemic, but it might be one part of the solution, according to study author Chantelle Hart, an associate professor of public health at Temple University’s Center for Obesity Research and Education in Philadelphia.
The three-week study of 37 children, aged 8 to 11, suggests that increasing sleep could decrease food intake and improve weight regulation in this age group, she said.
Hart said the next step is looking at whether getting more sleep over a longer period might have an even more dramatic effect on weight.
“Achieving a good night’s sleep during childhood should be explored as an important strategy to enhance prevention and intervention approaches for obesity,” she said. Continue reading
Sept. 9, 2013,
There is more to combating obesity than ensuring that children eat healthy food. There are other factors that can increase children’s risk of obesity — and they can be addressed within a family.
A recent study found that adjusting a couple household routines in low-income, racially diverse families could help reduce children’s weight.
The most successful routines involved increasing the amount of time that children sleep and decreasing the time they spend watching TV on weekdays.
Children in families making these changes saw a small but significant drop in their average body mass index (BMI). BMI is a ratio of a person’s height to weight that is used to determine if they are a healthy weight or not. Continue reading
April 10, 2013,
The New York Times
By Nicholas Bakalar
A new study suggests that adolescent obesity could be decreased if teenagers got more sleep, and the heaviest would benefit most.
For a study published last week in Pediatrics, researchers surveyed 1,429 ninth-graders, gathering data on height and weight. The children reported their sleep habits on weekdays and weekends to the nearest 15 minutes. The researchers followed the students with interviews every six months over the next four years, updating their data. Continue reading