379Thursday, March 15, 2007

10:15 AM-11:15 AMConvention Center:309
Overweight and Obesity Prevention: The Missing Link
According to the National Sleep Foundation (2001), sleep duration in the U.S. has decreased by 1-2 hours over the past 50 years as the incidence of obesity has nearly doubled. Currently, the focus of health educators when addressing obesity is to address the relationship of calorie intake (nutrition) and calorie expenditure (physical fitness). New research suggests that sleep deprivation statistically increases both hunger and appetite as measured by leptin and ghrelin levels in the blood. This presentation will review the recent research on sleep deprivation as related to obesity and exercise.
Keyword(s): health education college/univ, high school issues, middle school issues
Presider: Christopher M. Ledingham, Texas A&M Univeristy, College Station, TX
Speaker: Daniel Agley, Towson State University, Towson, MD

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