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Girls get fat from the Internet, alcohol and lack of sleep

July 9 2008

Lack of sleep, addiction to alcohol and enthusiasm for the Internet can cause weight gain in young girls. This is evidenced by the results of a study published in the Journal of Pediatrics.

Researchers from Harvard's Dr. Catherine Berkey and colleagues from the note that girls who come into adolescence, is often put on weight more than the norm, but the reasons were not always clear.

The scientists studied more than 5,000 girls from 14 to 21 years in all 50 states. They asked to describe their lifestyles in the past year. In particular, how many hours they spent on sleep, the Internet (excluding time for work or school), how much they drank alcohol and coffee. In addition, they reported their height and weight at the beginning and end of this period.

The results showed that the more time the girls spend online, the more they drank alcoholic beverages and less sleep, the more gain weight over the year.

So, the girls are 18 years or older, who are two or more times per week they drank alcohol and slept less than six hours a day, and spent a lot of time on the computer, typed about two pounds a year more than the other participants of the experiment, RIA "News."

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