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Teens who don't get enough sleep are more likely to make poor food choices, according to researchers at Stony Brook University. Teens who don't get enough sleep are more likely to make poor food choices, according to researchers at Stony Brook University.
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Teens who don't get enough sleep are more likely to make poor food choices, according to researchers at Stony Brook University.

The team studied surveys filled out by more than 13,000 teens in 1996.

The found one in five teens who didn't get enough sleep were more likely to eat fast food twice a week, and did not eat fruits and vegetables as often as they should.

For this study, researchers defined sufficient sleep as seven hours a night or more.

According to the researchers, adolescence is a critical time of development, and is when teens set up their lifelong eating habits. Encouraging healthy food choices and emphasizing the importance of sleep at this time is crucial, they say.

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