Children who get little sleep and spend too much time on screens most likely to ...

Children who get little sleep and spend too much time on their phones or tablets are most likely to be obese, research suggests.

For every extra hour of screen use, youngsters are 16 per cent more likely to become overweight or obese. 

While every hour less of sleep drove up the risk by 23 per cent, according to the study of more than 4,000 children.

The Royal College of Surgeons, which conducted the research, found there was a direct correlation between increased screen use and decreased sleep time.

It said that cutting down the amount of time youngsters spend on electronics could help them sleep longer and eat better.

Sleep deprivation causes changes to hormones that regulate hunger and appetite, which make people more prone to overeating.

A lack of energy also makes people less likely to exercise and burn off whatever food they do consume. 

Children who get little sleep and spend too much time on their phones or tablets are most likely to be obese, research suggests (file)

Children who get little sleep and spend too much time on their phones or tablets are most likely to be obese, research suggests (file)

Using screens at night sends signals to the body that makes it difficult to know it's nighttime and get sleepy.

Pre-teenage children need upwards of 10 hours per night of sleep to help their growing brains and bodies develop properly.

Why people eat more when they're sleep-deprived

Sleeping less than seven hours a night has been linked to eating about an extra 400 calories a day.

This adds one pound to their body weight per week. 

Sleep-deprived people tend to seek foods higher in fat and lower in protein for reward.

This can lead to a diet high in fats and low in protein and fiber. 

Sleep deprivation causes changes to hormones that regulate hunger and appetite, which make people more prone to overeating.

A lack of energy also makes people less likely to exercise and burn off whatever food they do consume. 

A 2017 study found people who got less than the recommended amount of sleep were less likely to be active the next day. 

Experts say as well as leading to children doing less exercise, sitting inside looking at screens makes youngsters more likely to overeat on snacks.

They call this 'passive over-consumption' – meaning children snack on junk foods which they often see advertised on the same devices they're spending their time.

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