Weekend snooze helps fight obesity in school kids
A weekend lie-in may help reduce risk of obesity in youngsters, say researchers.
A team of researchers in South Korea who studied children aged 10 and 11 found that those who slept in on Saturdays and Sundays were 33 per cent less likely to have a weight problem.
They believe a weekend snooze is crucial for school-age children to catch up on the sleep they miss out on during a busy week.
In the process, it helps to regulate calorie intake by reducing snacking during waking hours, the Daily Express reported.
The findings add to earlier studies showing a link between regular sleep deprivation and obesity.
But the new results confirm that lying in at the weekend is vital to help `reset` a child`s sleeping patterns.
Studies have shown that sleeping just a few hours a night can upset the body`s metabolism, leading to increased calorie intake and a greater threat of obesity-related illnesses.