"Our findings document yet another risk associated with overweight and obesity in children," said Dr. Keshia Pollack of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Dr. Pollack used data on automobile crashes compiled by State Farm Insurance and The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia for the Partners for Child Passenger Safety study. The vast majority (96%) of children ages 9 to 15 years old who were passengers during these accidents were wearing seatbelts or in child safety seats. After adjusting for many factors such as the age and gender of the child and the way the accident occurred, Dr. Pollack found that overweight and obese children were 2.5 times more likely to be injured in their extremities, but had no increased risk for injuries to other body parts.
This study appears in the journal Prevention.
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