Reduced Infant's Sleep Increases Risk of Obesity Over 70%, Adding Television Watching Increases Risk to Over 240%
MyHealthGuide Source: Archives of Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine, Vol. 162 No. 4, 4/2008, Abstract here (http://archpedi.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/162/4/305)
Daily sleep duration of less than 12 hours during infancy can increase risk of being overweight in preschool according to a study published in the Archives of Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine. Add television watching increase the risk even more.
The study followed 915 children in Project Viva, ages 6 months, 1 year, and 2 years. Mothers reported the number of hours their children slept in a 24-hour period. Researchers used regression analyses to predict the independent effects of sleep duration (< 12 h/d vs 12 h/d) on body mass index (BMI), the sum of subscapular and triceps skinfold thicknesses, and overweight (BMI for age and sex 95th percentile) at age 3 years. Adjustments were made for maternal education, income, prepregnancy BMI, marital status, smoking history, and breastfeeding duration and child's race/ethnicity, birth weight, 6-month weight-for-length z score, daily television viewing, and daily participation in active play.
7% of infants who slept 12 hours or more per day were obese at age 3 compared to 12% of babies who slept less than 12 hours, a 71% increase.
17% of those who slept less than 12 hours a day and watched two or more hours of television a day were obese by age 3, a 243% increase.
Researchers say the link between lack of sleep and obesity could be due to the effects of sleep on hormones that control feelings of hunger and fullness.
Last night I made what I think is the hardest decision I've had to make as a parent so far. I decided that I need to give up my night time routine with Will. What was once the cornerstone of my week-day routine with him has descended into a debacle that leaves him hysterical with laughter (right before bed) and me shaking with rage.
The reason this was such a painful decision to make is that for as long as I've been working since Will's birth, I've been the one to do baths, jammies, teeth brushing, reading, songs, bottle, and tucking him in. Its been a precious time of day for me - I've journaled about it many times, I'm sure. Unfortunately, over the past 3 or 4 weeks, Will has become very difficult to manage through this routine. He is gifted in the way children are at knowing exactly where my buttons are. He can sense that I'm very conflicted about my temper and he pushes me until I'm...well, incohrent with anger and frustration. I've talked to Steve about it ad naseum and I've tried several different things to see if it could be fixed, but nothing has worked and last night I admitted defeat. Will won. Steve will take over the duties until some untermined time in the future when I can try again. I'll spend that time snuggling and playing with Ellen.
You may be wondering why this constitutes the "hardest decision I've had to make as a parent." Melodramatic, I know. It feels like a failure of myself as a mother. That I can't work with Will around this behavior problem and get to a point that we both can manage gauls me. But - as a long as I have such a good co-parent to fall back on, I need to sacrifice my feelings for the good of the situation. Still - it makes me sad to give up that time with him for now.
This weekend was nice and relatively relaxing, which is how they should be. Will has been "letting" Steve and I watch old "The Office" episodes, which is something we really enjoy. Will and I went to church yesterday afternoon. The presiding minister was visiting Transylvanian Unitarian minister. He was fascinating. On Sunday morning I actually took BOTH kids to the zoo and it wasn't too bad. Will was tired so he was a bit much towards the end, but I was glad to a) give Steve some time alone even though he insists he doesn't need it and b) prove to myself that I could take two kids somewhere together by myself.
Will had been talking about the dolphin show all week so it was fun to watch him watch the dolphins.
I got Ellen's smile captured this weekend. I'll post the picture one of these evenings. She is gorgeous.
My week of hard work food-wise resulted in a loss (a minimal one, but I'll take it). I had a semi-okay weekend foodwise but nothing to write home about. I have a lunch meeting that I'm dreading today because I have such a hard time making good choices at restaurants. I wish I had Patti's skill in that area. I'm just going to try to limit myself to soup since anything else is problematic.