Somatic growth of lean children: the potential role of sleep

Yan-Rui Jiang, Karen Spruyt, Wen-Juan Chen, Xiao-Ming Shen, Fan Jiang*

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Despite the current obesity pandemic, childhood malnutrition remains an urgent, public health concern. Similar to the obesity pandemic, childhood malnutrition is influenced by genetic and a number of social, environmental and biological factors. In this study, we investigated the association between sleep duration and somatic growth in lean children.A stratified, randomly clustered sampling design was used to select fifth grade students from 10 primary schools in Shanghai. Based on a body mass index below the 15th percentile a subsample of 143 lean children aged 10-11 years old was defined. Sleep duration and other potential confounders were surveyed through parental or self-report questionnaires. Body measurements were collected and used to calculate the Z score of weight, height, body mass index as well as body fat percentage.Compared with children who slept
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)245-250
JournalWorld Journal of Pediatrics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2014


  • height
  • lean children
  • sleep
  • somatic growth
  • weight

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