A study conducted by Ohio State University College of Public Health has found that pre-school children who are put to bed by 8pm are less likely to become obese teenagers.
In contrast, those who went to bed after 9pm saw their chances of become obese later in life double.
Currently, it is estimated that one third of UK children are overweight or obese, with 1 in 5 children already overweight or obese by the time they start school. It is also predicted that 82% of children who start school as overweight or obese will continue to be obese as adults.
Getting into an early bedtime routine may not always be easy, particularly if parents work late or have other demands on their time. The lead author of the study, Sarah Anderson has stated that early bedtimes are something ‘concrete that families can do to lower their child’s risk’ of obesity and that it is also ‘likely to have positive benefits on behaviour and on social, emotional and cognitive development’.
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