Sleep and obesity in children

Riva Tauman*

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INTRODUCTION The prevalence and severity of obesity in children and adolescents are dramatically increasing worldwide (1,2). The Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports a rapid fourfold rise in child and adolescent obesity (ages 6-19) over the past 20 years (3). Thus, in parallel to the increase in obesity secular trends among the adult population, excessive ponderal indices currently affect 15-17% of all children and adolescents, with figures steadily rising (4). Concomitant with the increase in the prevalence of obesity, our society is facing a progressive reduction in sleep duration. Over the past 40 years, sleep duration of Americans has decreased significantly. Curtailment of sleep duration has become a widespread habit and a hallmark of modern society (5-7). Evidence suggests that short sleep duration and sleep disruption have a deleterious impact on glucose metabolism and appetite regulation and are associated with increased risk of obesity.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSleep and Psychiatric Disorders in Children and Adolescents
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)9781420048087
ISBN (Print)1420048074, 9781420048070
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2008
Externally publishedYes


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