Obesity in children linked with psoriasis diagnosis

  • April 17, 2014

Children who were overweight or obese had an increased chance of developing psoriasis, according to data from a recent study.

Amy S. Paller, MD, of the department of dermatology and pediatrics at Northwestern University, and colleagues conducted a cohort study with 27 children who were overweight, obese and had psoriasis. Patients were recruited from three pediatric dermatology referral centers. The BMI percentiles of overweight children (86th to 95th) and obese children (96th and greater) were determined 1 and 2 years before psoriasis diagnosis and 1 and 2 years after. The mean BMI percentile at baseline was 96th.

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