Childhood obesity may lead to hip disease, suggests research
Obesity can put children at increased risk for hip disease, a condition that can cause life-threatening morbidity, new research suggests.
The female slippery epiphysis (fats) is the disease of the most common adolescent of the hip. The condition still requires surgery, can cause severe pain and, often leads to a hip replacement in adolescence or early adulthood.
“Ultimately, this study helps us understand one of the major diseases affecting the hip in childhood,” said Daniel Perry, one of the authors of the study at the Institute of Translational Medicine University of Liverpool, UK.
Children with this disorder have decreased their range of motion and are often unable to complete hip flexion or hip flexing completely inward.
Early recognition of this disorder is important because the deformation can be erased if the sliding remains untreated.
In order to identify children at high risk for this disease, researchers examined hospital and community problems to explore factors associated with this disorder and explanations of delayed diagnosis.
All files reviewed were people younger than 16 years of age with a diagnosis of this disorder and whose electronic medical history was carried out by one of 650 primary care centers in the UK between 1990 and 2013.
Using the size and weight of children recorded in the notes at a time before the disease was diagnosed, researchers were able to identify that obese children appear at the highest risk of the disease, according to the study published in Archives magazine Of Disease in Childhood.
“This is the best available evidence linking childhood obesity disease – which makes this condition as one of the few obesity-related diseases that can cause any illness throughout the life of childhood,” Perry said.