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How can obesity affect a child's sleep?

Jodie Shield
Healthcare Specialist

Sleep disorders such as sleep apnea occur in about 17 percent of obese children and teens. Sleep apnea is when people stop breathing for short periods of time while sleeping. It is a serious problem, and kids who have sleep apnea often perform poorly in school.

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About 25 to 50% of children who are obese have some form of sleep apnea, which affects their ability to exericse and lose weight.

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