Multiple Sclerosis – Threat for Obese Females

What many people tend to ignore is that obesity is one of the biggest risk factors when it comes to a lot of different diseases of the body. Multiple sclerosis is a condition that can occur to anyone, but knowing that obese females are at greater risk to suffer from this type of disease is necessary because it can actually make a lot of people question their weight and the fact that it has a huge impact in our overall health. A new research had shown that from about 900.000 children that were involved in the research, 75 of them started to develop multiple sclerosis. What is an exceedingly important fact that must not be ignored is that more than 50 percent of the children that applied for this research had weight issues, some being slightly overweight and some obese, and most of them were girls.

Doctors are very concerned that obesity in children has started to become an extensive issue and people must not act like they are oblivious to the fast development of the percentage of obese children. Dr. Langer Gould has stated that if the children stay obese throughout their teenage years, they can still develop multiple sclerosis, even though they haven’t had it when they were younger. The best thing to do would be to try and control their weight, because this disease is really hard, and even though some people might not have a lot of problems while suffering from it, others might start being in a wheelchair just after 5-6 years after developing multiple sclerosis.


Another specialist in the fields of neurology and pediatrics has stated that in the late 90’s and early 00’s multiple sclerosis wasn’t considered as a disease that occurred among young children. Nowadays, it is not abnormal for young obese children to develop multiple sclerosis, mainly because a bigger number of children are suffering from obesity. Another pediatrician, Doctor Jayne Ness has also noticed the connection between obesity and multiple sclerosis. Throughout the years, she had around 100 patients that were young teenagers suffering from multiple sclerosis and most of them were girls. She realized that some of the kids were suffering from multiple sclerosis and they were suffering from obesity, too.

Even though doctors, researchers and scientists are still not sure about the relation between multiple sclerosis and obesity, that doesn’t mean parents shouldn’t be cautious about their children’s weight. The statistics have shown that around 10.000 children only in America are suffering from multiple sclerosis, and about 10 to 15.000 are starting to develop some of the symptoms of the disease. On a national level, about 5% of the people that suffer from this disease are children or young adolescents. Even if there is still no clear evidence if multiple sclerosis is directly connected to obesity, it would be for the best if weight is not ignored and is being controlled by the parents, at least until the child is too young.



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Written by Heather Nelson

Heather Nelson graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in journalism. She has an impressive portfolio as her works have been previously featured in several health journals and local newspapers in the Sunshine State. She takes health reporting to a new level with factual relation to what readers want and need to know . Having spent the last decade working all over the Internet as a freelancer writer, she is ecstatic that she has the opportunity to work with the Newhealthalert team to bring the best news, commentary, and information to the public on a global level.

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