Childhood Obesity Tied to Later-in-Life Medical Problems

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For years, data has shown that obesity is rising across the United States. People are increasingly living sedentary, inactive lifestyles. At the same time, unhealthy diets are more common than nutritious meals with fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.

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Overweight and obese individuals face higher risks of all sorts of medical complications. Think sleep apnea, diabetes, heart disease, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure.

In 2024, even children are less physically active than they used to be. Past generations of kids routinely ran around outside, playing games with their friends or riding on bikes. Today, it’s more common for children to play video games, plug into their phones, and otherwise remain glued to screens.

With this trend comes higher rates of childhood obesity. Now, new findings from Sweden shine a light on just how perilous this can be for young people.

A greater risk of developing multiple sclerosis

The Swedish Karolinska Institute recently publicized some news that should concern parents of obese children. The findings purport that kids who carry a higher body mass index are more susceptible to developing multiple sclerosis (MS) in adulthood.