Recent research has shown that a later bedtime for teens may result in weight gain. This includes staying up late night on weekends as well.

Later Bedtime for Teens May Result In Weight Gain

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Researchers analyzed data from over 3,300 American teens. They found that an extra hour of late bedtime was associated with a body mass index (BMI) increase of more than 2 points. BMI is a measurement of body fat based on height and weight. 

“The results are important because they highlight adolescent bedtimes, not just total sleep time, as a potential target for weight management concurrently and in the transition to adulthood,” first author Lauren Asarnow, a doctoral candidate at the University of California, Berkeley, said in a news release from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

The study does not prove a cause and effect relationship between being a night owl and being overweight.

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