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Link between overweight/obese in children and youngsters and occurrence of multiple sclerosis

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BACKGROUND/AIMS: The prevalence of overweight/obesity is a major problem in the world, and the number of MS cases is increasing. This literature study examines the relationship between overweight/obesity in children and adolescents and later occurrence of MS.

METHOD: This is a complete literature survey. The search database is primarily Pubmed using MeSH terms "multiple sclerosis", "obesity", and "overweight", and text words not to restrict searches.

RESULTS: All included studies show a link between being overweight/obese and the presence of MS among people below 20 years of age. The relation is especially true for young girls. The same relation in boys is not significant.

CONCLUSION: The literature survey convincingly revealed a link between young overweight/obese and occurrence of MS, in particular for girls. There is a need for more and larger studies to investigate the molecular mechanisms that link obesity and MS.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Neurology
Volume265
Issue number12
Pages (from-to)2755-2763
Number of pages9
ISSN0340-5354
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2018

    Research areas

  • Adolescent, Child, Child, Preschool, Humans, Multiple Sclerosis/epidemiology, Overweight/epidemiology, Young Adult

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