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Public Health researcher finds link between sleeping and obesity in kids

Chantelle Hart Public Health Researcher

Getting kids to eat less may be as simple as making sure they get a good night’s sleep, according to a new study led by Chantelle Hart, PhD, Associate Professor of Public Health at Temple University School of Medicine’s Center for Obesity Research and Education

The three-week study of 37 children, aged 8 to 11, suggests that increasing sleep could decrease food intake and improve weight regulation in this age group.  Dr. Hart told HealthDay the next step is looking at whether getting more sleep over a longer period might have an even more dramatic effect on weight.  “Achieving a good night’s sleep during childhood should be explored as an important strategy to enhance prevention and intervention approaches for obesity,” she added.

You can read the entire story on the HealthDay website.  The story was picked up by media outlets across the country.

Posted:  December 13, 2013