Childhood Obesity Linked To MS
Childhood obesity has tripled over the past 30 years and new research suggests that those affected are at an elevated risk of developing multiple sclerosis. This means that the number of MS cases is likely to grow significantly as childhood obesity continues to plague the U.S.
You can read about the specifics of the study at ZeeNews. Researchers saw more than 50-percent of children observed with MS were also obese. Of the children observed without MS, less than 37-percent were obese.
Girls were found to be especially at risk. Even those who were determined to be overweight but not classified as obese were found to be one-and-a-half times more likely to develop MS. That number grows to four-times as likely to develop MS for extremely obese girls.
Pediatric MS is still relatively rare, but these findings suggest simply that caregivers of youths who are overweight should be more attentive to potential signs of MS.