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Increases in incidence of obesity is not only having a long term health impact on adults, but overweight children are suffering more acute problems, which are proving to be more than just Ďgrowing painsí. Children are seeking medical advice from orthopedic surgeons due to musculoskeletal conditions directly related to excess weight. These disorders include slipped upper femoral epiphyses (hip condition involving the growth plate of the bone), and Blountís disease, where the leg bones bow and thicken from the stress of extra weight. These are both serious conditions that require surgical intervention. The risk of obesity in childhood also extends to continuing to battle weight in adulthood, when conditions such as diabetes, obstructive sleep apnea, and cardiovascular disease begin to surface. Musculoskeletal disorders of adulthood due to excess weight involve earlier presentation of such bone degenerative diseases as osteoarthritis due to extra wear and tear on the joints, often culminating in premature surgery in the form of knee and hip replacements for young adults. Addressing the problem must start with a review of diet, meal size, frequency and exercise as obesity is a treatable and preventable disease with complications that run high risks of morbidity and mortality.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Billings Gazette
About: Bone problems for obese kids
Date: 19 October 2005
Source: Billings Gazette
Author: David Shenton
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