What is the correlation between BMI and long-term complications of childhood obesity?

Updated: Feb 20, 2019
  • Author: Steven M Schwarz, MD, FAAP, FACN, AGAF; Chief Editor: Jatinder Bhatia, MBBS, FAAP  more...
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Individuals aged 18 years with a body mass index (BMI) at or above the 95th percentile have a 66-78% risk of being overweight at age 35 years. A recently published study reported that at age 18 years, a BMI of 35 or greater was independently associated with an increased risk of lower extremity edema, walking limitation, polycystic ovary syndrome, abnormal kidney function, asthma, obstructive sleep apnea, and type 2 diabetes. [24]


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