More sleep for teens means lower weight

April 8, 2013 3:19:57 PM PDT
A new local study shows teenagers who get more sleep may have less trouble with their weight.

That's the bottom line from a study of 1-thousand Philadelphia students.

Researchers at Penn Medicine found increasing sleep from eight hours to ten hours could mean half-a-million fewer overweight teens in the United States.

And that's without increasing exercise or limiting screen time.

In younger children, a lack of sleep has already been tied to obesity later in childhood, as well diabetes and heart disease as an adult.