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Obese teens more likley to develop MS

Published on 12/11/2009
Obesity in adolescence has been linked to increased risk of developing multiple sclerosis (MS), according to a new medical report.

Research published in the American Academy of Neurology journal suggests that teenage women who are obese may be more than twice as likely to develop the disease as female teens of a normal weight.

In response to the latest findings, Dave Farham, service user manager for the MS Research and Relief Fund, said that a significant proportion of information on the disease remains theoretical.

He said: "It is widely felt that the causes of MS are due to several factors and that it is too simplistic to say that adolescent obesity causes MS."

"I think there needs to be a much higher focus on helping people cope with MS. Whilst health and care trusts do offer support, a great deal is also left to charities."

Statistics from the MS Society indicate that the condition is the most common potentially disabling disease of the central nervous system in the western world for young adults, with around 50 people in the UK being diagnosed with MS every week.

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