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Avera Medical Minute: Link Between Sleep & Obese Kids Live 9/7/10

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Babies and children under the age of 5 getting less than 10 hours of sleep at night are more likely to be overweight or obese five years later, a new study suggests.

Researchers found that insufficient sleep at night may be a lasting risk factor for obesity later in life and that napping cannot replace the benefits of nighttime sleep," according to a study published Monday in the journal Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine.

"This is something we may be able to change to address the growing obesity problem," said study author Dr. Janice Bell from the University of Washington.

 Dr. Jennifer McKay explains how hormones can play in to weight gain, how to get children into a sleeping pattern and why keeping a baby up late to get them to sleep later is not a good way to go.

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