Posted on 06-03-2013
BLOG: Sleep Well!
According to the Journal Pediatrics in April 2013, increasing the number of hours adolescents sleep each night may reduce the prevalence of adolescent obesity. A recent study shows that fewer hours of sleep is associated with greater increases in adolescent body mass index (BMI) for participants between 14 and 18 years old. Increasing sleep from 8 to 10 hours per day at age 18 could result in a 4% reduction in the number of adolescents with a BMI above 25. This would translate to 500,000 fewer overweight adolescents.
With childhood obesity reaching epidemic proportions, we have to do whatever is in our power as parents to allow our children the chance to thrive in this backwards way of living (compared to what we were designed for). Be sure your kids get to bed at a reasonable hour, be sure to have their spine checked (can lead to a host of health issues), don't feed them processed foods, get them involved in church, and give them plenty of love and affection. This is the winning combination to becoming a great and healthy adult!
It's your future...be there healthy with WellnessOne! Have a blessed day!
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