The relationship between sleep duration and obesity in Turkish children and adolescents
Article first published online: 29 JAN 2009
©2008 The Author(s)/Journal Compilation ©2008 Foundation Acta Pædiatrica/Acta Pædiatrica
Volume 98, Issue 4, pages 699–702, April 2009
How to Cite
Ozturk, A., Mazicioglu, M., Poyrazoglu, S., Cicek, B., Gunay, O. and Kurtoglu, S. (2009), The relationship between sleep duration and obesity in Turkish children and adolescents. Acta Paediatrica, 98: 699–702. doi: 10.1111/j.1651-2227.2008.01169.x
- Issue published online: 6 MAR 2009
- Article first published online: 29 JAN 2009
- Received 21 May 2008; revised 19 September 2008; accepted 17 November 2008.
- Sleep duration
Aim: To determine the relationship between sleep duration and obesity in Turkish children and adolescents.
Methods: This study was conducted in Turkey with 5358 children aged 6 to 17 years. Height, weight, waist circumference (WC), mid-upper arm circumference (MUAC), triceps skinfold thickness were measured. Body mass index (BMI), arm fat area were calculated. Self-reported sleep duration by parents were obtained.
Results: As sleep duration increased, BMI, which was significantly higher in girls sleeping ≤8 h, decreased (p < 0.05). WC, MUAC, BMI were significantly higher in boys sleeping ≤8 h versus males sleeping ≥10 h. Boys sleeping ≤10 h in 6.0–17.0-years had significantly higher risk of overweight/obesity. In 6.0 to 17.0 years, the risk of overweight/obesity in boys sleeping 9–10 h, 8–9 h and ≤8 h were 1.86-, 1.74- and 2.06-times higher respectively, versus children sleeping ≥10 h (p < 0.05).
Conclusion: Sleep duration may be an important factor for obesity and providing ≥10 h of sleep is recommended as a prevention strategy for obesity.