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Childhood Obesity Increases the Risk of Multiple Sclerosis

Obesity in adolescence has been suggested to be a risk factor for multiple sclerosis. In a new population-based, case control study in Norway and Italy, researchers examined whether body size influences the risk of MS. MS patients and randomly matched controls were sent questionnaires that asked about their body size before they received a diagnosis of MS. A total of 953 patients and 1717 controls from Norway and 707 patients and 1333 controls from Italy responded and reported their body size.

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Dr. Sears Comments:

Dr. Barry Sears

This is not unexpected since childhood obesity and multiple sclerosis are both inflammatory disorders, and of the two MS would take longer to develop.

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