The association between sleep duration and general and abdominal obesity in Koreans: Data from the Korean national health and nutrition examination survey, 2001 and 2005

Se Eun Park, Hee Man Kim, Dae Hyun Kim, Jongoh Kim, Bong Soo Cha, Dae Jung Kim

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Abstract

This study aimed to investigate the association between self-reported sleep duration and general and abdominal obesity in Korean adults. A total of 8,717 adults aged 20-65 years from the Korean National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (KNHANES) 2001 and 2005 were included. General obesity was defined as BMI ≥25 kg/m 2 and abdominal obesity as waist circumference ≥90 cm in men and ≥85 cm in women. To control for sociodemographic and lifestyle factors and comorbidities, multivariable logistic regression was used to calculate the adjusted odds ratios (ORs) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs) of general and abdominal obesity across the following sleep duration categories: ≤5, 6, 7, 8, and ≥9 h/day. Mean sleep duration (±s.d.) was 6.9 ± 1.3 h. Those sleeping ≤5 h/day had the highest BMI and waist circumference compared with those sleeping 7, 8, or ≥9 h/day (P < 0.05 for all comparisons). After controlling for sociodemographic and lifestyle factors, the adjusted ORs (95% CIs) associated with sleeping ≤5 h/day (vs. 7 h/day) were 1.25 (1.06-1.48) for general obesity and 1.24 (1.03-1.48) for abdominal obesity. Further adjustment for hypertension and diabetes mellitus did not significantly affect the associations. These data suggest that short sleep duration is significantly associated with a modest increase in general and abdominal obesity in Korean adults.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)767-771
Number of pages5
JournalObesity
Volume17
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Apr 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Endocrinology
  • Nutrition and Dietetics

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