Failure to meet AAP guidelines increases overweight risk

April 18, 2008

A study published in the Journal of Pediatrics found that children who do not meet American Academy of Pediatrics obesity recommendations may be three to four times more likely to be overweight than those who do.

A study published in the Journal of Pediatrics found that children who do not meet American Academy of Pediatrics obesity recommendations may be three to four times more likely to be overweight than those who do.

The investigators studied 702 children ages 7 to 12, 20% of whom were found to be overweight. Less than half of the overweight children were both taking the appropriate number of steps per day (11,000 for boys, 13,000 for girls) and limiting total daily screen time to two hours. Around 10% of the boys and 20% of the girls who met both recommendations were overweight, compared with 35% to 40% of those who did not.

In a separate report, published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, 190 Australian children ages 4 to 12 referred for evaluation of upper airway obstruction were studied. The researchers found that the incidence of central apneas during sleep was linked to increasing body weight.