Obesity associated with increased risk of MS in girls

Researchers have found that being overweight or obese was associated with an increased risk of developing MS or clinically isolated syndrome (CIS) in girls.

The study compared 75 children or teens with MS or CIS with the health records of more than 900,000 healthy children and teens. The results showed that the risk for developing MS was about one and a half times higher for overweight adolescent girls and over three times higher for girls who were extremely obese.

The increased risk with obesity was not found in boys.

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