A Strict Bedtime Leads to Healthy Weight
As a parent, I fight a constant battle to keep my kids away from sugary drinks and foods. Sometimes the appeal of character-themed fruit snacks or prize-promising sugar cereals is just too hard to resist.
But new health news indicates that there's something else parents can do to keep their children's waistlines trim.
A University of Chicago study of 100 children aged 4 to 10 showed that children who had irregular or inadequate sleep schedules were over four times more likely to be obese.
Getting extra sleep on the weekend or increasing the children's average nightly sleep by 30 minutes radically lowered subjects' BMI indexes and risk of diabetes.
Kids in the study averaged 8 hours of nightly sleep, well below the 9 to 10 hours recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Turns out that kids might need their beauty sleep even more than their parents.