It is well known that obesity and being overweight in childhood signify an increased risk of adult obesity and development of hypertension, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease in later life. It now appears that overweight kids suffer more leg injuries during childhood.
This week, in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, researchers measured weight, body mass index, and total body fat percent in a group of 632 children aged seven to 12 years old. Children were followed for 2.5 years for any orthopedic injury.
During follow up children who were overweight by BMI or total body fat percent had a 38 percent higher risk of injuring their legs. Total body fat appeared to be a stronger predictor of leg injuries than body mass index. Study authors concluded that overweight kids had less lean muscle mass which placed them at risk for injuring themselves.