Overweight kids may be more injury-prone in sports

Posted on: 1:40 pm, December 8, 2013, by


Physical activity is good for overweight kids, right?

A new study suggests that overweight children may be at slightly higher risk of leg, ankle and foot injuries during exercise.

Danish researchers looked at 632 kids between the ages of 7 to 12.

All participants went to a physical education class for at least 1.5 hours per week.

Those who were overweight or obese – based on both body fat and BMI – had a higher likelihood of a lower body injury.

The differences compared to kids of normal weight were small, however. The lead study author said overweight kids shouldn’t avoid sports, but that there should be an emphasis on prevention of injuries.