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Study shows link between lack of sleep and increased body fat in children

As reported on the Harvard Medical School’s website, a new study by Pop Center affiliated faculty members Elsie M. Taveras, MD, MPH and Matthew W. Gillman, MD, SM published in Pediatrics shows a strong link between chronic lack sleep (from infancy through mid-childhood) and increased body fat.

More TV viewing (and among racial/ethnic minority children, the presence of a bedroom TV) was associated with shorter sleep from infancy to mid-childhood.

According to a recent study co-authored by Harvard Pop Center-affiliated faculty members Matthew W. Gillman, MD, SM, and Elsie M. Taveras, MD, MPH, more TV viewing (and among racial/ethnic minority children, the presence of a bedroom TV) was associated with shorter sleep from infancy to mid-childhood.

Small Changes in Household Eating Routines Make a Difference

Associate Professor of Population Medicine at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute/Harvard Medical School and Pop Ctr faculty member Elsie Taveras discusses how small changes in household routines and eating habits can make a difference. http://www.philly.com/philly/health/topics/HealthDay679980_20130910_Changes_in_Household_Routines_Help_Reduce_Kids__Obesity___Study.html