Overweight kids can develop spine abnormalities
Experts from The Children's Hospital in Montefiore in New York City discovered that most of the adolescents experiencing disc abnormalities were obese or overweight. They conclude that a high body mass index can cause disc diseases.
We are all aware that overweight or obese kids are at high risk for a lot of health conditions some of which are Type 2 diabetes and heart ailments. A recent study shows that heavy kids are also prone to have severe back pain and spine abnormalities.
Experts from The Children’s Hospital in Montefiore in New York City discovered that most of the adolescents experiencing disc abnormalities were obese or overweight. They conclude that a high body mass index can cause disc diseases.
So the next time your child complains of a back pain don’t just assume that it’s because of muscle spasm or sprain. It would be wise for you to consult a doctor to know if it’s caused by the degeneration of the spine or a disc abnormality.
Watch what your kids eat as they are what they eat–as cliche as it may sound–it is very true. An overweight child can develop issues such as early degeneration in the spine according to a study done by Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). The study had the MR images of 188 teens aged 12 to 20 who were complaining of back pain. They were imaged at the hospital over a four-year span. If the kids were exposed to trauma or other conditions that could result in back pain were not included in the study.
Dr. Judah G. Burns, the study’s lead author said: “We observed a trend toward increased spine abnormality with higher BMI. These results demonstrate a strong relationship between increased BMI in the pediatric population and the incidence of lumbar disc disease.”
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