Obese children may have more daytime sleepiness
Obese children, asthmatics, anxious, or depressed individuals are more likely to develop EDS - an abbreviation for excessive daytime sleepiness - according to researchers at the Penn State College of Medicine in the United States. in two phases. In the first, a screening questionnaire to identify children at high risk for sleep-disordered breathing (such as sleep apnea) was sent to the parents of each pre-school through fifth grader in four school districts in the United States. The questions asked for general information about their children's sleep and behavioral patterns.
In the second phase, the researchers randomly selected 508 children. Then they recorded the height, weight, BMI and abdominal circumference of each child. All of them spent one night in the laboratory where they were tested for sleep apnea - defined as at least five seconds of breath-interruption during sleep.
At this stage, parents completed a questionnaire on how sleepy the child is daytime. The child was considered to be an EDS carrier when there was a positive response to one or both of the following questions: "Does your child have problems with daytime sleepiness?" and "Did any teacher or other supervisor comment that your child seems drowsy during the day?".
Of the 508 children tested, 77 have EDS, the equivalent of 15%, where 51.8% are boys. Researchers have found that abdominal circumference size, history of positive asthma, use of medication for asthma, heartburn and symptoms of anxiety and depression are significantly associated with daytime sleepiness.
According to researchers, metabolic factors have a strong influence on EDS. Thus, they believe that obese child weight loss, asthma treatment, and symptoms of anxiety and depression will be part of the daytime sleepiness treatment.
Fight Childhood Obesity by Changing Your Child's Breakfast
Breakfast is of great importance to health. When done right, it ensures quality energy throughout the day and brings benefits to appetite, metabolism and insulin production. Most children's cereals are overdone and do not qualify as smart choice. Milk, chocolate, cheese, whole wheat bread, fruit, cereals without supplements and without excess sugar are the most suitable options.
Colorful boxes and toast toys can catch the attention of your children, but parents should keep their eyes open for to avoid problems. Cereals made for children contain the most sugar, sodium, carbohydrates and calories per gram compared to other cereals, leaving aside protein and dietary fiber. So think of these options before choosing a cereal and improving the health of your little one.
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