Did you know that obese children have weaker bones?

Did you know that obese children have weaker bones?

A recent study suggests that fat accumulated in the body could make the bones weak. Here's why

Obese children tend to have more muscles, but their excess fat may compromise body functions such as bone growth, found a recent study.

The study, which was published in the journal, Current Opinion in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Obesity, was conducted by Mr. Joseph Kindler from the University of Georgia, US. He studied the influence of muscles on the different characteristics of bone geometry and strength in children.

The research also focussed on finding how muscle influences bone geometry and bone strength during youth. They also investigated the role of fat in these relationships and found that, muscle was a strong contributor to bone growth throughout childhood and adolescence. However, this relationship differs in children with greater body fat.

This is because the excess fat in obese children is deposited within the muscle. Kindler in statement mentioned that understanding how excess fat, specifically that within the muscle, can influence the muscle and bone relationship in children is still under investigation, but there is clearly a connection.

With inputs from PTI

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Written by

Deepshikha Punj

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