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Columbia Study Shows Teen Sleeplessness Piles on Risk for Obesity

03 Sep 2014 12:55 PM | Anonymous

Teenagers who don’t get enough sleep may wake up to worse consequences than nodding off during chemistry class. According to latest research conducted at Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health, the risk of being obese by age 21 was 20 percent higher among 16-year-olds who got less than six hours of sleep a night, compared with their peers who slumbered more than eight hours. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends nine to ten hours of sleep for teenagers.

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