Unraveling the interplay: Exploring the relationship between children's obesity, sleep disorders, depressive symptoms, and age dynamics

Betül Orhan Kiliç 1 * , Eda Çakmak 2
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1 Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, Başkent University, Ankara, Turkey
2 Department of Audiology, Faculty of Health Sciences, Başkent University, Ankara
* Corresponding Author
J CLIN MED KAZ, Volume 20, Issue 5, pp. 42-46. https://doi.org/10.23950/jcmk/13761
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Objective: This study explores the relationships between sleep disorders, depressive symptoms, and obesity among children of different ages.
Material and methods: The data for this study were collected from 163 Turkish children aged 7 to 10 and 11 to 15 years (mean age=9.4, SD=1.9) who were attending well-child visits. Parents completed an online questionnaire on sociodemographic data, while children completed the Children Depression Inventory and The Children's Sleep Habits Questionnaire.
Results: The regression model for the 7-10 years group included sleep resistance, sleep onset delay, nighttime awakenings, and daytime sleepiness, and explained 33.8% of the variance in Children Depression Inventory scores (R2=0.338, F=9.779, p<0.001). For the 11-15 age group, the regression model included obesity status, Children's Sleep Habits Questionnaire scores, sleep onset delay, sleep-related anxiety, and sleep-disordered breathing, and explained 80.3% of the variance in Children Depression Inventory scores (R2=0.803, F=28.489, p<0.001).
Conclusion: Overall, the results of this study emphasize the significance of addressing sleep disorders, obesity, and depressive symptoms in children, particularly in adolescents, to promote better mental health outcomes.


Orhan Kiliç B, Çakmak E. Unraveling the interplay: Exploring the relationship between children's obesity, sleep disorders, depressive symptoms, and age dynamics. J CLIN MED KAZ. 2023;20(5):42-6. https://doi.org/10.23950/jcmk/13761


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