The long-term study was conducted by researchers at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and the University of Pittsburgh and involved over 1,500 severely obese adults between the ages of 19 and 76 who were scheduled to undergo bariatric surgery. Each study participant reported their weight and height at the age of 18, and were followed for a number of years into adulthood.
The researchers learned that 96% of the adults who were obese as teenagers suffered from at least medical condition related to obesity in adulthood. Additionally, those who were severely obese as teenagers were at four times greater risk for experiencing skin ulcers and swollen legs, and three times as likely to experience kidney problems and walking problems compared to those who were healthy as teenagers.
Other obesity-related health complications experienced by adults who were severely obese as teens included polycystic ovary syndrome and obstructive sleep apnea.
Experts involved with the study suggest that parents should become more aware of the consequences associated with teen obesity so they can help their children avoid any adverse health complications. The study findings prove that obesity can cause teens to experience obesity-related health complications well into adulthood.