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Lack of sleep in children could lead to obesity

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -- Infants and young children who don't get enough nighttime sleep may be at risk for obesity later in life.

Researchers studied the sleep habits of almost 2,000 children in 1997 and then followed up five years later.

About a third of the children were overweight or obese, and a higher BMI was linked to a short duration of nighttime sleep.

Napping had no effect on obesity rates and researchers say daytime rest is not an adequate substitute for nighttime sleep.

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