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How can my kids' bedtime and midnight snacks affect their weight?

Kids -- teens especially -- are particularly prone to late and erratic bedtimes, midnight snacks and a general lack of sufficient sleep, which can lead to weight gain. We know that adolescents require more sleep than adults, but they’re too often making do with much less sleep than they need to function well, and with obesity an increasingly common health problem for children as well as adults, new research provides yet another reason kids and teens need the structure of a sleep schedule -- one that includes curbing eating at a reasonably early hour. Weight problems that develop during childhood and adolescence can have long-term consequences that affect health for a lifetime. Let’s give our kids a healthy start by helping them develop the skills they need to eat and sleep well.

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