Health: Excess weight during pre-school to higher bone fracture risk

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There is a higher risk of bone fractures to pre-school children who are overweight than normal-weight pre-schoolers, suggests a recent study.

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Washington D.C: There is a higher risk of bone fractures to pre-school children who are overweight than normal-weight pre-schoolers, suggests a recent study.The study published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research.

The study included 466,997 children with weight and height measurements at the age 4 years who were followed for a median of 4.9 years.

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Fractures occurred in 9.20% of underweight, 10.06% of normal weight, 11.28% of overweight, and 13.05% of obese children. Compared with normal weight, overweight and obesity were linked with 42% and 74% higher risks of lower limb fractures, respectively, and a 10% and 19% higher risk of upper limb fractures, respectively.

"In a cohort of almost half a million children from Catalonia, Spain, we have found a strong association between pre-school overweight/obesity and the risk of fracture during childhood. More research is needed to further understand the mechanisms underlying this correlation" said senior author Daniel Prieto-Alhambra, PhD, of the University of Oxford, in the UK. (ANI)

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