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Teens Who Sleep More Weigh Less

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By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - It pays to get your sleep. At least that is what a report in the journal Pediatrics says.

Sleeping longer may help teens keep the weight off.

Researchers followed adolescents from ages 14 to 18. More sleep was associated with a reduction in average BMI. Increasing sleep from 7.5 to 10 hours per day at age 18 could lead to a 4% reduction in the percentage of teens who are overweight.

The study supports previous research linking adolescent obesity with lack of sleep.

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