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Research Suggests Link Between Late Bedtimes And Weight Gain

Each hour of delayed sleep is linked to increased BMI, reported the New York Times.
Each hour of delayed sleep is linked to increased BMI, reported the New York Times. Photo Credit: Flickr user Gran

University of California researchers recently published a study that found a possible link between later bedtimes and weight gain, the New York Times reported.

The research followed 3,342 adolescents from 1996 through 2010, with participants reporting their normal bedtimes, fast food consumption, and time spent exercising and watching television at three points, the Times said. The researchers calculated each person's body mass index (BMI) at each of the three interviews, reported the New York Times.

Each hour of a delayed beditme was related to a 2-point increase in BMI, the report said. Fast food consumption was also related to increased BMI, but demographics, amount of sleep, exercise or time watching tv did not, reported the New York Times.

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