Saturday, November 25, 2006

Sleep-disorders are common in overweight children


Medindia.com - One-fourth of overweight children may have sleep problems that regular physical activity can largely resolve, researchers say.

Research published in the November issue of
Obesity shows a surprising 25 out of 100 overweight, inactive children tested positive for sleep-disordered breathing, including telltale snoring.

After about three months of vigorous after-school physical activity such as jumping rope, basketball and tag games and the number of children who tested positive for a
sleep disorder was cut in half, according to lead researcher, Dr. Catherine L. Davis. In children who exercised the longest, the number was reduced by 80 percent.

The children were among 100 black and white boys and girls ages 7 to 11 enrolled in a study looking at the effect of exercise on metabolism. For the purposes of that study, the children were divided into three groups: a control group as well as those who exercised 20 or 40 minutes daily.

In fact researchers found the average score for all children who exercised – even those who did not test positive for
sleep disorders – improved on the Pediatric Sleep Questionnaire.

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