Early Bedtime for Kids Lowers Obesity Risk
A recent study from The Ohio State University College of Public Health found that preschool children who routinely go to bed by 8:00 at night are less likely to be obese as teenagers than young children who stay up later. In fact, the study showed that bedtimes after 9 p.m. appeared to double the risk for obesity later in life.
Researchers looked at more than 900 children with an average age of 4 ½ and asked their parents to report the child’s typical bedtime. They divided the bedtime categories into 8 p.m. or earlier, between 8 and 9 p.m., and after 9:00. Then, they looked at study participants’ obesity rates at the age of 15.
The results showed that 1 in 10 of the children with early bedtimes were obese as teenagers, 16% of those with preschool bedtimes between 8 and 9 p.m. were obese, and 23% of teens who went to bed after 9:00 as preschoolers were obese. According to researchers, this study confirms earlier findings about the importance of establishing healthy bed time routines for young children.
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