01/25/2011 11:31 am ET Updated Nov 17, 2011

Extra Sleep On Weekends Cuts Kids' Risk Of Obesity

Children who get too little sleep and have irregular school-day sleep schedules are more likely to be obese, especially if they don't make up for lost sleep on the weekends, a new study finds.

When researchers monitored the sleep patterns of about 300 children between the ages of four and 10 for a week, they found that very few slept the recommended amount.

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