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Obese kids may not be getting enough sleep

There is new evidence that overweight kids may not be getting enough sleep, and that can translate into more weight gain.

January 24, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
There is new evidence that overweight kids may not be getting enough sleep, and that sleep deprivation can translate into more weight gain.

Previous studies have shown obese children get less sleep time than other kids. But a new finding shows that they may also have a harder time playing "catch up" to regain that lost sleep on the weekends.

Researchers conclude that the combination of less sleep and more erratic sleep patterns throughout the week may have a negative effect and cause children to gain or keep excess weight on.