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Volume 12 No. 06
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Misunderstood about Obesity, Sleep Apnea and Metabolic Syndrome in Adolescents

Ibrahim Erdim, MD1; Teoman Akcay, MD2; Melek Yildiz, MD2
1Otorhinolaryngologist, Erbaa Government Hospital, Erbaa, Tokat, Turkey; 2Pediatric Endocrinologist, Kanuni Sultan Suleyman Education and Research Hospital, Kucukcekmece, Istanbul, Turkey

With great interest we read and needed a correction in a recent research article entitled “Short sleep duration as a risk factor for obesity in Kuwaiti children.”1 This article noticed that “the relation between OSA and obesity in adolescents might be negative in some populations” by giving reference to our study published in your journal. But we stated that although obesity is an independent risk factor for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) syndrome, metabolic syndrome isn't associated with OSA.2 Alqaderi et al. misunderstood our study and wrongly noted relation between OSA and obesity instead of OSA and metabolic syndrome.


Authors have indicated no financial conflicts of interest.


Erdim I, Akcay T, Yildiz M. Misunderstood about obesity, sleep apnea and metabolic syndrome in adolescents. J Clin Sleep Med 2016;12(6):935.



Alqaderi H, Goodson JM, Tavares M, et al., authors. Short sleep duration as a risk factor for obesity in Kuwaiti children. Integr Obes Diabetes. 2015;5:151–6.


Erdim I, Akcay T, Yilmazer R, et al., authors. Is metabolic syndrome associated with obstructive sleep apnea in obese adolescents? J Clin Sleep Med. 2015;12:1371–6. [PubMed Central][PubMed]