Childhood Obesity Linked to Adult Knee Pain

Being obese as a child could lead to knee pain and other symptoms in adulthood, especially for males, a new long-term cohort study suggests. The study found that childhood obesity was significantly associated with adult knee pain in men (relative risk [RR] 1.72, 95% CI 1.11-2.69) and that childhood weight and body mass index (BMI) were associated with stiffness and dysfunction, according to Benny Antony, Menzies Research Institute Tasmania, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Australia. The study was published online in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases. The Childhood Determinants of Adult Health (CDAH) study was a 20-year follow-up of children who participated in the Australian Schools Health and Fitness Survey (ASHFS). The survey was completed on a nationwide sample of school children ages 7 to 15 years. To assess knee pain, stiffness, and physical dysfunction in the past 30 days, researchers used the Western Ontario McMaster Universities osteoarthritis index (WOMAC). The scale ranges from 0-9 with 0 indicating no complaints and 9 indicating maximum intensity of the complaint.

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