November 22, 2005 in Nation/World

Overweight kids more at risk of broken bones

Associated Press
 

Children who are overweight face more than future health problems. They appear to have broken bones and joint problems more often during childhood than kids of normal weight, research suggests.

A study led by obesity researcher Dr. Jack Yanovski found that children who are overweight are far more likely to have had a fracture than their ideal-weight peers. They also had more bone and hip joint abnormalities.

The research involved 227 overweight children and adolescents and 128 who weren’t overweight. The children had an average age of 12. All were enrolled in various federal health studies between 1996 and 2004 and were considered overweight if they were in the 95th percentile of weight and height for their age and sex.

A review of their medical histories revealed that 13 percent of overweight kids had had at least one broken bone at some time in their lives compared with less than 4 percent of ideal-weight children.

Similar results were found for how many had muscle, bone or joint pain, especially knee pain, and restricted movement.

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