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Children with overweight or obese body mass index measures at preschool age were found to have significantly increased odds of suffering upper- and lower-limb fractures before age 15 years in comparison with normal weight children, suggested data from almost 470,000 children.
The findings published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research suggested that children with a BMI in the overweight or obese ranges at first assessment were significantly more likely than their normal weight counterparts to suffer lower-limb fractures (adjusted hazard ratios, 1.42 and 1.74, respectively) and upper-limb fractures (aHRs, 1.10 and 1.19, respectively) during the follow-up period. The total incidence of fractures during childhood for those who were underweight, normal weight, overweight, or obese, was estimated as 9.20%, 10.06%, 11.28%, and 13.05%, respectively.