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Bone and Joint Problems In Obese Children

A study has shown that children who are overweight have more bone and joint problems during childhood than children of normal weight.

Children who are overweight are having problems with their mobility, fractures and joint pain. Children and teens who are overweight are far more likely to have had a fracture than their ideal weight peers.

The average age of the children studied was 12.

The study revealed that 13% of overweight children had at least one broken bone at some point, compared to less than 4% of ideal weight children. Similar results were found for muscle or joint pain, especially knee pain.

The combination of musculoskeletal pain and poor mobility leads to less physical activity and perpetuates a vicious cycle.

While I have not done any specific research on this topic, I believe that I have found this to be true in my own patient population.