Among parents of 681 healthy kids 6 months to 3 years old, Israeli researchers found that those whose child had behavioral insomnia were more likely than other parents to say their child had eating issues as well.
And parents whose children were diagnosed with a feeding disorder were more likely to say they had trouble getting their child to sleep at night.
When asked if mealtime was a "problem," one-quarter of parents of children with insomnia said that it was; that compared with nine percent of other parents.
Similarly, 37 percent of parents whose children had an eating problem said that sleep was also an issue. In contrast, only 16 percent of other parents said the same.
The current findings, they say, suggest that doctors should be aware that the two issues commonly go together, and help parents find ways to manage both.
Everyone seems to know that childhood obesity is a huge problem. But apparently, most parents don't recognize it when it affects their own children.