Less Sleep Could Mean More Body Fat in Children

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By Alabama News Network

Young children who consistently sleep less than the recommended amount are likely to have more body fat by the age of 7.

That's according to a new study, published in today's "Pediatrics."  

Researchers say insufficient sleep at any time in early childhood can lead to obesity later. Current guidelines recommend children up to 2 years old get at least 12 hours of sleep a day.

3 and 4 year olds should sleep for at least 10 hours.



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