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Sleep and birthweight predict visceral adiposity in overweight/obese children
Article first published online: 19 MAR 2013
© 2013 The Authors. Pediatric Obesity © 2013 International Association for the Study of Obesity
Volume 8, Issue 3, pages e41–e44, June 2013
How to Cite
Sokolovic, N., Kuriyan, R., Kurpad, A. V. and Thomas, T. (2013), Sleep and birthweight predict visceral adiposity in overweight/obese children. Pediatric Obesity, 8: e41–e44. doi: 10.1111/j.2047-6310.2012.00142.x
- Issue published online: 23 MAY 2013
- Article first published online: 19 MAR 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 9 DEC 2012
- Manuscript Revised: 12 NOV 2012
- Manuscript Received: 23 AUG 2012
- Harvard Global Health Institute
- Visceral adiposity;
- waist-to-height ratio;
Visceral adiposity poses significant consequences for long-term health and it is important to identify methods that can be used to prevent fat deposition in visceral adipose tissue.
To identify the factors contributing to differential fat distribution in overweight/obese children.
Demographic, dietary and lifestyle factors potentially associated with increased visceral adipose tissue in overweight and obese South-Indian children aged 3 to 16 years. The diagnosis of visceral obesity was based on the waist-to-height ratio (WHtR) cut-off value of 0.5.
Exposure variables with statistically different distributions in the two WHtR categories, when examined by Mann–Whitney and chi-square tests, were used to develop a binary logistic regression model of visceral adiposity. Increased birthweight and higher sleep duration were significant predictors of having a healthy WHtR, with odds ratios of 1.30 and 1.26 respectively.
Early programming effects associated with low birthweight and current sleep deprivation could promote the storage of excess fat as visceral adipose tissue in overweight and obese children.