Earlier Bedtimes For Preschoolers May Cut Obesity Risk Later On

Studies suggests bedtimes and waistlines are related — even at a young age.

If you are or have been the parent of a preschooler, you know bedtime can be a struggle. Sometimes you have to be the master negotiator, and sometimes it’s like playing a game of whack-a-mole. And on a few occasions you feel like you’re literally filming an episode of “Prison Break.”

But research now says all those seemingly endless evenings could be worth it.

A new study looked at mother-reported bedtimes of 977 preschool-age kids and found that those who went to bed after 9 p.m. were twice as likely to be obese later in life as the kids who went to bed by 8 p.m. The researchers checked in with the kids again when they turned 15 to measure their heights and weights.

Of the preschoolers who had gone to bed at or before 8 p.m., 10 percent were obese as teens. Of the preschoolers who went to bed between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m., 16 percent were obese as teens. And of those who had gone to bed after 9 p.m. in preschool, 23 percent were obese at 15.

“Not getting enough sleep can result in changes in the hormones controlling appetite and metabolism,” study author Sarah Anderson, associate professor of epidemiology at The Ohio State University College of Public Health, told The Huffington Post. This relationship has been documented in several studies in adults, as well as in children

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