Sleep FAST (Food, Activity, Screen Time) Study
Monday, Oct. 31, 1-2 p.m.
Obesity in children is a major risk for many conditions, such as insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases. Hence, it has become one of the major priorities for public health. To address this issue, it is essential to identify modifiable lifestyle habits linked to childhood obesity, including sleep, physical activity, screen time, and eating patterns. Twenty-two children aged 9-12 were recruited from Newfoundland for this study. Sleep duration, sleep quality, and physical activity data were obtained using both actigraphy and questionnaires. All participants completed demographic, dietary habits, and screen time questionnaires. Our data suggest that screen time is positively correlated with the amount of energy and fat (p-value < 0.05). Also, sedentary behavior is negatively associated with sleep duration and quality (p-value < 0.05). Surprisingly, sleep duration and quality are positively related to the amount of consumption of intrinsic sugar, but only sleep duration is positively associated with added sugar.
Department of Biochemistry
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Presented by Department of Biochemistry