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Sleep duration and metabolic dysregulation in overweight children and adolescents
  1. S L Verhulst1,
  2. N Schrauwen1,
  3. D Haentjens1,
  4. R P Rooman1,
  5. L Van Gaal2,
  6. W A De Backer3,
  7. K N Desager4
  1. 1
    Department of Pediatrics, Antwerp University Hospital, Antwerp, Belgium
  2. 2
    Department of Diabetology, Metabolism and Clinical Nutrition, Antwerp University Hospital, Antwerp, Belgium
  3. 3
    Department of Respiratory Medicine, Antwerp University Hospital, Antwerp, Belgium
  4. 4
    Department of Pediatrics, Antwerp University Hospital, Antwerp, Belgium
  1. Dr S Verhulst, University of Antwerp, Department of Pediatrics, Universiteitsplein 1, 2610 Wilrijk, Belgium; stijn.verhulst{at}

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Growing epidemiological evidence supports a link between sleep duration and obesity in children and adolescents.1 Furthermore, a recent study demonstrated an association between short sleep duration and insulin resistance.2 Identification of other conditions, such as sleep deprivation, which could be additionally implicated in the development of both obesity and its associated cardiovascular risk factors, is urgently needed in the treatment and prevention of obesity. Impaired sleep could certainly be one of these conditions as it influences both energy intake and expenditure. Shorter sleep duration results in tiredness that may hamper physical activity, and alters metabolic …

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