More Sleep & Less TV May Reduce BMI in Children
(Ivanhoe Newswire) –According to recent research, an intervention to improve household routines known to be associated with obesity increased sleep duration and reduced TV viewing among low-income, minority children, and the approach may be an effective tool to reduce body mass index (BMI) in that population.
The study involved 121 families with children. Compared with the control group, which received educational materials, intervention participants experienced increased sleep duration, greater decreases in TV viewing, and decreased BMI.
“In summary, after six months, we found that the Healthy Habits, Happy Homes intervention improved sleep duration and TV viewing behaviors, as well as decreased BMI among racially/ethnically diverse children from low-income households. Future studies with a longer follow-up are needed to determine maintenance of these behavior changes,” Jess Haines, Ph.D., M.H.Sc., of the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada, and colleagues, were quoted as saying.
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SOURCE: JAMA Pediatrics, September 2013
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