Is Sleep Duration Associated With Childhood Obesity?

this study, which performs meta-analysis of 11 longitudinal studies, comprising 24,821 participants, revealed that subjects sleeping for short duration had twice the risk of being overweight/obese, compared with subjects sleeping for long duration (odds ratio 2.15; 95% confidence interval: 1.64–2.81).

” This study provides evidence that short sleep duration in young subjects is significantly associated with future overweight/obesity,” scientists say. A related article is here.

Obviously, this topic needs to be looked at some depth, since this particular study is just a meta study… but I’m fairly likely to believe the conclusions. More sleep is much better than less sleep!