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Neck and Waist Size are Major Factors in Children's Sleep Disordered Breathing

June 1, 2009: 11:05 PM EST
Metabolic factors are associated with childhood sleep disordered breathing, just as they are for adults, says a report in the journal SLEEP. The conventional assumption that tonsil size is a major factor was found to be wrong. US researchers found that waist size, though not neck size, and body mass index are strong indicators of sleep problems in children. The study found that 1 percent of children had moderate difficulties, 25 percent had mild snoring and 15 percent had primary snoring.
"Waist Size and Body Mass Index are Risk Factors for Sleep Disordered Breathing in Children ", Nutrition Horizon, June 01, 2009, © CNS Media BV
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