Obese adolescents not getting enough sleep? A study in the March 6 issue of The Journal of Pediatrics, shows they could be increasing their risk for developing diabetes, heart disease and stroke. Baylor professor Dr. Paul Gordon and researchers at the University of Michigan Health System studied 37 obese adolescents, ages 11-17, measuring their risk factors for type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease to create a continuous cardiometabolic risk score. The adolescents were fitted with a physical activity monitor, worn 24 hours a day for seven days, to measure their patterns of physical activity and sleep.
Dr. Gordon is chair of the Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation in the Baylor School of Education.
Read more about Dr. Gordon’s research here: