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Less Sleep for Little Kids Linked to More Belly Fat Later On

Researchers in Boston studied sleep deprivation in children and its potential correlation with more belly fat later in life, and they found that getting less-than-recommended amounts of sleep was associated with higher BMI and higher amounts of overall and midsection fat, a conclusion that Dr. Dean Beebe at Cincinnati Children’s deems noteworthy.

Beebe, a neuropsychologist, was not involved in the actual study but said it was important that the research tracked sleep issues over a period of several years.

“Inadequate sleep has a whole host of negative consequences,” Beebe said.

Read more about the study at NPR.org.

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