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Skipping breakfast and poor sleep linked to childhood obesity, study finds

BMJ 2016; 355 doi: (Published 16 November 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i6141
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

Skipping breakfast and having irregular bedtimes, as well as having a mother who smoked during pregnancy, were important risk factors for obesity in childhood and adolescence, a UK cohort study has found.1

Researchers analysed data collected from 16 936 children taking part in the Millennium Cohort Study. They calculated body mass index (BMI) at ages 3, 5, 7, and 11 years, and collected information on the mother’s pregnancy, …

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