Regular exercise and a healthy diet is known as a way to maintain a healthy weight is normal, but a recent study says the new solution to fight obesity in children, with sleep.
Through research conducted by scientists at Northwestern University, UK, found that kids who get enough sleep will have a body mass index (BMI) and a lower risk of obesity in the next five years will be reduced, compared to children who lack sleep.
Add time to sleep at night will reduce the likelihood of obesity 30-36% in children and 34% in children aged pre-teen. That is the conclusion of researchers who are also published in the journal Child Development.
The researchers conducted a nationwide data collection on 2,281 children aged 3 to 12 years. Parents of these children are given a kind of daily schedule to record information such as time began to sleep, how long, and when I wake up. The recording is done for five consecutive years.
Of the daily schedule, known to the children who lack sleep, get used to staying up late, or get up too early, after five years tend to be obese. Research also shows that bed late at night have a great impact on obesity, especially in children aged 3 to 8 years. While the impact of obesity due to get up too early is more common in children aged 8 to 13 years.
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