Childhood obesity could lead to joint problems later in life

 As these children grow older, their extra weight causes mobility issues.

 Overweight children are more likely to develop bone and joint pain and joint dysfunction in later life, according to a study published in the International Journal of Obesity. Dr. Richard Branson, chief medical officer at the American College of Sports Medicine, says childhood obesity’s cumulative effect on adult health needs more study.

 Children’s health and wellbeing are impacted by a number of immediate conditions that are brought on by obesity.

 A report from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons details the effects of childhood obesity (AAOS),


Young children’s bones, joints, and muscles have an impact on their health and development when they carry too much weight. The article goes on to discuss additional conditions brought on by overstressing growing muscles and bones.

Long bones in the body have areas of tissue that resemble cartilage called growth plates. During childhood, growth plates regulate the length and shape of bones. Damaged growth plates can cause limb deformities.

 Early weight gain can cause arthritis. Extra weight puts pressure on cartilage, which cushions bones as they move. As the body absorbs movement stress, more weight causes cartilage wear and damage. Early cartilage damage causes pain and arthritis.

 Teenagers’ hips develop femoral epiphysis. The upper femoral ball slips backward out of the hip socket. Painful conditions linked to weak growth plates.

 The condition, named after a pediatric orthopedic surgeon, causes bowed legs when the tibial growth plates are damaged. Blount’s disease was once thought to be genetic, but studies have linked it to obesity.

Overweight or obese children have knee pain, flat feet, and Achilles tendinitis.

 When immature bones carry too much weight, joints, muscles, and supporting structures breakdown, causing pain, discomfort, and sometimes permanent deformities. Too much weight causes lifelong physical and psychological problems in children.

 Overweight can cause clumsiness. Children who can’t jump, hop, skip, or run as well or as fast as others may appear clumsy. Teasing can leave lasting psychological scars.