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Sleep deprived teenagers more likely to end up obese

A previous study suggested that teenagers need between 7 1/2 - 8 1/2 hours of sleep each night.

Now, researchers are suggesting that teenagers may need as much as 9 1/4 hours of sleep each night - and those that aren't getting enough sleep may be in danger of growing up obese.

This is of particular concern since it's thought that as many as 85% of teens aren't getting enough sleep each night.

Researchers analyzed the data of 10,000 individuals aged between 16 and 21. They found that those who didn't get sufficient sleep at the age of 16 were 20% more likely to be obese by the age of 21.

Obese adults find it far more difficult to shed excess weight compared to obese teenagers. Furthermore, the longer someone is obese, the higher their risk for developing other conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and even cancer.

A reminder that it's important for parents of teenage children to make sleep quality a priority.

Source: The Journal of Pediatrics

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Last updated: October 30, 2014

This Article Was Written By

Martin Reed

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