Child neck size is an indicator of obesity

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Researchers have been attempting to find a measure of health, particularly one that can take into account the fat composition of an individual, that can help estimate their risk for heart disease and other obesity-related conditions later in life. The idea is that preventing childhood obesity from becoming adult obesity, and decreasing childhood obesity altogether, can limit the long-term effects of increased weight. Waist circumference and BMI rely on measures affected by hormones and other factors that could make generalization difficult, so researchers have hoped to identify another aspect of physiology that can more accurately predict susceptibility to obesity and its related disorders without interruption from other processes.

Neck size has been reported to be one such measurement. Read more about the 2010 study linking childhood obesity to neck size.

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