[Sleep Duration and Abdominal Obesity in Elderly in China]

Sichuan Da Xue Xue Bao Yi Xue Ban. 2017 Jul;48(4):584-588.
[Article in Chinese]


Objective: To determine the relationship between sleep duration and abdominal obesity in elderly in china.

Methods: Data were drawn from the 2013 China Health and Retirement National Investigation (China Health and Retirement Longitudinal Study, CHARLS). The prevalence of abdominal obesity in the elderly who had a normal range of sleep duration was compared with those who had a shorter or longer sleep duration using Chi-square tests and binary logistic regression models.

Results: Higher odds of abdominal obesity were found in the elderly male with a shorter (OR=1.627, 95%CI: 1.286-2.060, P<0.05) or longer (OR=1.499, 95%CI: 1.009-2.228, P<0.001) sleep duration, compared with those with a normal range of sleep duration. Statistical significances were found in the prevalence of abdominal obesity among those with different characteristics in education, smoking, chronic conditions, and social participation.

Conclusion: Both long and short sleep durations are associated with increased risk of obesity, which is more evident in older men. Bad living habits and mental state will increase the risk of abdominal obesity.

Keywords: Abdominal obesity; Elderly; Sleep duration.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • China
  • Humans
  • Longitudinal Studies
  • Male
  • Obesity, Abdominal*
  • Sleep*
  • Time Factors