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