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Adolescents Who Get Less Sleep Are At Greater Risk Of Obesity

September 1, 2010: 10:14 PM EST
A U.S. study of 240 teenagers aged 16-19 years old has found that insufficient sleep is associated with poor eating habits that could foster obesity. Researchers monitored food intake (total calories, calories from meals and snacks, and calories from fats and carbohydrates) using questionnaires. Sleep duration was measured using a special wrist device. In comparison to adolescents who slept at least eight hours a night, those who slept less than eight hours consumed more calories from fats (35.9% vs 33.2%) and fewer calories from carbohydrates (49.6% vs 53.3%). “Short sleep duration may increase obesity risk by causing small changes in eating patterns that cumulatively alter energy balance,” the researchers concluded.
Allison Weiss, Fang Xu, et al., "The Association of Sleep Duration with Adolescents’ Fat and Carbohydrate Consumption", Sleep, September 01, 2010, © Associated Professional Sleep Societies, LLC
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