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Insufficient sleep: a risk factor for overweight and obesity in children

Insufficient sleep: a risk factor for overweight and obesity in children


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The risk of overweight and obesity is not only related to diet. A study published in April 2014 showed that children who do not sleep enough are more at risk than those whose parents are overweight.

Less than 8 hours of sleep per night = more risk of being overweight or obese

  • A study * conducted on 329 "couples" parents / child sought to identify the risk factors for obesity and overweight in children. The results confirmed only 3 risk factors out of the 22 that were highlighted in previous studies:
  • 1 / The lack of sleep. Children sleeping less than 8h per night are 2.2 times more likely to be overweight or obese. The sleep time of children is directly related to overweight and obesity. Less known data and this study * has just confirmed.
  • 2 / BMI (body mass index) of parents. Children whose parents are overweight or obese are 1.9 times more likely to be overweight or obese themselves, by imitation or by food incentive.
  • 3 / Restrictive regimes. Children whose parents use restrictive diets are 1.75 times more likely to be overweight or obese.

Frédérique Odasso

* Dipti A. Dev, Brent A. McBride, Barbara H. Fiese, Blake L. Jones, and Hyunkeun Cho, on behalf of the STRONG Kids Research Team. Childhood Obesity. October 2013.