Insufficient Sleep May Lead To Teen Obesity

Here is another reason why your teen should get enough sleep, according to a new study. It has been found that insufficient rest among teens could translate to their becoming overweight.

teen obesityWhether it is being online, networking with friends, or spending time on other gadgets and texting, or even getting insufficient rest because the exams are drawing near, there is a lot of study that needs to get done.

Teens, who got less than 8 hours of sleep, were seen to consume more high fat snacks and high calorie foods than those kids who got enough rest.

Over time, unhealthy eating patterns can develop and become entrenched, translating to bad lifestyle habits with regard to nutrition and ultimately weight gain.

According to Susan Redline, M.D., the senior author of the study and a professor of sleep medicine at Harvard Medical School, in Boston, inadequate amount of sleep make teens likelier to put on weight and become obese over time, since being sleep deprived makes them more likely to consume more of high calorie foods.

As to the reasons why teens who sleep less are likelier to eat more, it is suggested that this has something to do with the hormones ghrelin and leptin.

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