October 9, 2015
Jean-Philippe Chaput, PhD
Children aged 5 years who are considered short sleepers are more likely to have an increased food response vs. children who sleep an adequate length of time, according to research in the International Journal of Obesity.
Laura McDonald, MSc, BSc, a PhD student in the department of epidemiology and public health at University College London, and colleagues analyzed data from 1,008 children (51% girls) participating in Gemini, a U.K. cohort of twins born between March and December 2007. One child from each twin pair was randomly selected for analysis; sleep and appetite information was provided by parents at age 5 years. Researchers calculated sleep duration in children using parent-reported bedtime and wake time; sleep was categorized as either short (less than 11 hours), adequate (11 to 12 hours) or long (more than 12 hours), based on age-specific reference values. Researchers used the Child Eating Behavior Questionnaire to assess food response. BMI measurements were available for 494 children; children with complete data had mothers who were more likely to be college educated and white.
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