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Lower bone mineral density found in youths with greater abdominal fat

Children below the 85th percentile of fat mass who had greater total fat mass had higher areal bone mass density z-scores with fat-free mass being held as constant, but those above the 85th percentile with elevated fat mass had lower aBMD z-scores, with the negative correlation between greater fat mass and reduced aBMD z-scores driven by elevated abdominal fat, researchers reported in the journal Bone. The findings, based on data involving 876 youths, "suggest that as early as childhood, excess abdominal adiposity may negatively influence bone health," said researcher Lisa Rokoff.

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