News about obesity is everywhere. And researchers are scrambling to find out why kids (and adults) become obese. Is it too many video games and not enough time spent outside? Household income? Education? Parents’ marital status? How many friends a child has? Depression and anxiety? The answers to all of those is: Could be. So here’s one more interesting twist: kids who sleep in their parents’ bed are less likely to be obese that those who don’t.

A child sits on the gym floor during the Shapedown program for overweight adolescents and children in Aurora, Colo.

A study done in Denmark just found that children who wake up at night and are allowed to fall back to sleep in their parents’ bed feel more secure and are less likely to overeat. Looking at it from the other side, “children that never entered the parents’ bed during night had a risk that was over 3-times higher of being overweight compared to those that did enter their parents’ bed every night.”


Read more about this study here.