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HarvardScience: "Suboptimal sleep, TV watching correlate with overweight in infants and toddlers"

April 7, 2008

Decreased sleep time may be more hazardous to health than previously imagined

by Ann Plasso, Harvard Medical School

"Infants and toddlers who sleep less than 12 hours a day are twice as likely to become overweight by age 3 than children who sleep longer. In addition, high levels of television viewing combined with less sleep elevate the risk, so that children who sleep less than 12 hours and who view two or more hours of television per day have a 16 percent chance of becoming overweight by age 3."

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