Children With Psoriasis May Also Be Obese


CHICAGO (UPI) — Children with the skin disease psoriasis are about twice as likely to be overweight or obese as children who don’t have the disease, U.S. researchers said.

Lead author Dr. Amy Paller of Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine and pediatric dermatologist at the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago said U.S. children with psoriasis have much higher odds than psoriatic children in other countries of being obese or overweight.

The study, published in the Archives of Dermatology, found U.S. children with psoriasis had four times the odds of being overweight or obese as healthy controls.

“Within this U.S. population, Hispanics and African-American children had significantly greater rates of being obese and overweight than whites and Asians,” the study authors wrote in the study. “The odds ratio of being obese were particularly high for U.S. children with more severe psoriasis.”

UPI - United Press International, Inc.

Since 1907, United Press International (UPI) has been a leading provider of critical information to media outlets, businesses, governments and researchers worldwide.

Join the Discussion

Comment Policy: We encourage an open discussion with a wide range of viewpoints, even extreme ones, but we will not tolerate racism, profanity or slanderous comments toward the author(s) or comment participants. Make your case passionately, but civilly. Please don't stoop to name calling. We use filters for spam protection. If your comment does not appear, it is likely because it violates the above policy or contains links or language typical of spam. We reserve the right to remove comments at our discretion.