Adolescent obesity linked to less sleep stemming from caffeine, TV abuse

June 9th, 2009 - 6:20 pm ICT by ANI  

Washington, June 9 (ANI): A new study has linked adolescent obesity with inadequate sleep, which could stem from a higher caffeine intake, more hours of technology use, and increased symptoms of sleep disorders.

Lead author Dr. Amy Drescher, from the University of Arizona in Tucson, many reasons can be accorded to kids gaining weight, including shorter sleep duration.

The research expert discovered that insufficient sleep along with increased electronic screen time and caffeine intake might come in the way of adolescents’ health, psychosocial well-being and academic performance.

The study found that kids who slept for a lesser time period consumed more caffeine and spent more screen time in manner of television, Internet, computer and video games.

Drescher said: “Boys had significantly more vigorous exercise, recreational activity than girls. The sleep and obesity connection is not always seen because factors such as exercise may keep weight in check.”

The research abstract was presented on Tuesday at SLEEP 2009, the 23rd Annual Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies. (ANI)

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