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Overweight Maine children more likely to sustain injuries in car crashes

The Journal of Injury Prevention announced that overweight children are more likely to sustain arm and leg fractures than thinner children when involved in a car crash according to researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

There is evidence that overweight children’s bones may be more likely to fracture. Also, by being larger, heavier children’s bodies are closer to the inside of the car, putting them in danger of a more forceful impact. These findings mirror what occurs for adults involved in car crashes who are overweight.

Heavier children are more than twice as likely as their thinner friends to sustain arm and leg fractures. Thinner children are more likely to sustain injury to the pelvis, thigh bone and collar bone.

Evidence shows that overweight children may have lesser levels of vitamin D, which could lead to weaker long bones in the arms and legs.

Above all else, researchers suggest that children always be properly restrained when riding in vehicles. Children under the age of 13 should always ride in the back seat.

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