A new study has found that kids who have a high risk of being obese manage to reduce their chances of becoming overweight when they reach their teens or adulthood if they sleep with their parents rather than sleeping alone.
The study was conducted by researchers at the Copenhagen University in Denmark and was presented at the European Congress on Obesity annual meet held from May 9 to May 11 in Lyon France.
The researchers observed the sleeping habits of 625 children aged between 2 to 6 years and who had a greater risk of being obese due to high birth weight, low socioeconomic status or maternal pre-pregnancy overweight. The researchers found that those children who slept with their parents had a significantly lower risk of becoming overweight with odds ratio of 0.5.
"The results may suggest that elements of parental social support or other types of positive psychosocial responses if being allowed to enter parents' bed during night may protect against overweight, whereas types of negative psychosocial responses such as feelings of rejection when not being allowed to enter parents' bed may lead to overweight", lead researcher Nanna Julie Olsen said.