Study: Childhood obesity linked to more health problems than previously thought

Jan. 15, 2013, SciTech Daily

By analyzing data on over 43,000 children between the ages 10 and 17, new research from UCLA shows that obese children are at nearly twice the risk of having three or more reported medical, mental, or developmental conditions as compared to kids who are not overweight.

While a great deal of research on childhood obesity has spotlighted the long-term health problems that emerge in adulthood, a new University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) study focuses on the condition’s immediate consequences and shows that obese youngsters are at far greater risk than had been supposed.

Compared to kids who are not overweight, obese children are at nearly twice the risk of having three or more reported medical, mental or developmental conditions, the UCLA researchers found. Overweight children had a 1.3 times higher risk. Continue reading