Child's weight affects hospital admission, length of stay

10/7/2009 | Reuters

Researchers said overweight or underweight children treated in hospital emergency departments are more likely to be admitted and have longer lengths of stay than normal-weight pediatric patients. Study data also showed boys were more likely to be admitted to the hospital than girls. The study "gives us yet another reason to emphasize the importance of optimizing weight and preventing obesity in children," one researcher said.

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