New research from Warwick Uni’s Warwick Medical School has found that sleep deprivation could be responsible for an almost doubled risk of obesity in children.
The study, led by Prof. Francesco Cappuccio reviewed evidence in over 28,000 children and 15,000 adults – finding that in both groups that shorter sleep duration is associated with an almost doubled risk of being obese.
Prof. Cappuccio stated that:
“The “epidemic’” of obesity is paralleled by a ‘silent epidemic’ of reduced sleep duration with short sleep duration linked to increased risk of obesity both in adults and in children.These trends are detectable in adults as well as in children as young as 5 years.”
While this is obviously not the only influencing factor in the development of obesity – it is something that is worth further consideration, particularly when considering that that short sleep duration (or a lack of sleep) produces Ghrelin which is known to stimulate the appetite and create less leptin which has been shown to suppresses appetite!
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