Quantifying the Effects of Pediatric Obesity on Musculoskeletal Function and Biomechanical Loading during Walking
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With the high prevalence of pediatric obesity worldwide, there is a critical need for structured physical activity interventions during childhood. However, obese children exhibit altered walking mechanics that are associated with decreased gait stability, reduced walking performance and an increased prevalence of musculoskeletal pain and pathology. Left unaddressed, the increased pain and orthopedic conditions associated with pediatric obesity may lead to reduced physical activity and a cycle of perpetual weight gain for the child and future adult. To enhance the efficacy of health and weight ...