Overweight children are likely to suffer from fractures and other orthopaedic complications, suggests a study.
Researchers led by Jack Yanovski from the National Institutes of
Health in Bethesda, Maryland, studied 227 overweight and 128 normal
weight children. The overweight children reported several problems,
reported the online edition of BBC News.
The study found that overweight children were four and a half times
more likely to have experienced some type of skeletal fracture than
those with healthy weight.
They were also four times more likely to suffer from bone or muscle pain.
The most common type of musculoskeletal pain - knee pain - was seen in
6.6 percent overweight children, compared to 2.3 percent normal weight
kids. Overweight children also reported more mobility problems.
People of above normal weight generally have dense bones and therefore
have a lower risk of fracture.
'The vast majority of overweight children need to be exercising more
to help them tackle their weight, as well as eating healthily,' said
Ian Campbell, from the organisation Weight Concern.
(Source: IANS News)