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A Good Night’s Sleep Leads To Healthier Teen Food Choices

June 20, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
A study by U.S. researchers has found that well-rested teens tend to make healthier food choices than teens with poor sleeping habits. The study examined the association between sleep duration and food choices in a national representative sample of 13,284 teenagers. Sleep duration had an independent effect on healthy food decisions when compared with other factors including age, gender, race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status amongst others.  The research team concluded that addressing sleep deficiency may be effective in obesity prevention and healthier life choices in general.
Lauren Hale et al., "Sleep Deprivation in Teens Linked to Poor Dietary Choices", News release, presentation at the annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies, June 20, 2013, © Hale et al.
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