WHAT PAR­ENTS NEED TO KNOW

An early bed­time for kids may fight weight gain

Daily Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - DR MIRIAM STOPPARD -

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.

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