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Medication use higher among overweight, obese kids

from Medical Xpress

Overweight children are far more likely to take prescription medications than children of a normal weight — a trend that adds to already higher health care costs for treating childhood obesity, according to new research from the University of Alberta. Researchers from the School of Public Health analyzed the medication use of more than 2,000 Canadian children through the 2007 to 2009 Canadian Health Measures Survey. They found that overweight and obese kids aged 12 to 19 years were 59 per cent more likely than their normal-weight peers to take prescription medication. more


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