Under-slept and Overweight

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By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.

Falling asleep in class is not the only problem teens might face if they don’t get enough sleep at home. A study indicates teens who lack sleep may have too much weight as young adults.

Researcher Shakira Suglia of the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University saw this in national data on more than 10,000 teens and young adults in 1995 and 2001. She says almost one fifth of 16-year-olds got less than six hours of sleep a night:

“Teens who slept on average less than six hours per night were 20 percent more likely to become obese at 21 years of age.”

She thinks a lack of sleep may upset hormone balances or alter diet and physical activity.

The study in the Journal of Pediatrics was supported by the National Institutes of Health.

Learn more at healthfinder.gov.

HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Ira Dreyfuss.

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