Two-thirds of parents believe their child’s obesity influenced their pain experience | APS

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  • Two-thirds of parents of children with obesity believe their child’s weight influenced their pain experience. 

Why this matters  

  • Parental beliefs regarding the relationship of obesity and pain may influence the success of interventions. 

Study design  

  • As part of a larger study examining the impact of pain on pediatric obesity, researchers at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford conducted a qualitative study focusing on caregivers of youth participating in a family-based weight management program and reporting comorbid pain.
  • Caregivers answered questions regarding the impact of the pain on obesity (eg, “do you think weight influences pain?”).
  • Up to 70% of youth report pain when presenting to the Hartf...