WHAT PARENTS NEED TO KNOW
An early bedtime for kids may fight weight gain
Preschool children who go to bed by 8pm are far less likely to be obese during adolescence than those who stay up late. And their risk of teenage obesity is half that of preschoolers who stay up past 9pm. The figures come from research which studied nearly 1,000 children born in 1991 whose bedtimes were recorded at four-and-a-half years old and whose height and weight were recorded at age 15. Among those in bed by 8pm, 10% were obese as teens compared to 16% of children who went to bed between 8 and 9pm and 23% of those who went to bed after 9, according to the Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development from the US, published in The Journal of Paediatrics.