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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Obese children and increased foot morbidity

According to a new study published in Pediatrics, obese children are at increased risk for leg and foot injuries. Researchers looked at 23,000 children, ages 3 to 14. In the breakdown among the obese group children one-sixth had more leg, foot and ankle injuries than healthy weight children. According to the researchers Inactivity is a significant contributory factor in developing obesity. For these reasons, it is important that parents be mindful of the type of footwear they purchase for their children and make sure that any sign of foot problems and pain be evaluated by a foot health care professional. Use information on how to help children stay at a healthy weight can be found atThe U.S. Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

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