The possibility of a link between obesity and psoriasis in children has been revealed by a study done by Dr Amy Paller from the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and published in the Archives of Dermatology.
This study was done on more than 600 children aged between 5 and 17 years of which approximately 200 had severe psoriasis, 200 mild psoriasis and the rest served as the control group.
Dr Paller's study revealed that:
1. On average, children with psoriasis were four times more likely to be obese when compared to those without pediatric psoriasis.
2. This tendency was noted to rise with the severity of the psoriasis since children with severe psoriasis were seven times more likely to be obese.
Dr Paller speculated that the link between these two conditions could be inflammatory mediators which contribute to both their development.
This study suggested that applying the principles of holistic dermatology is the best approach when managing children with psoriasis since the weight issues have to be addressed in concert with the skin problem.
This holistic approach is also backed by the fact that some studies imply that psoriasis goes into remission in adults with a high body mass index (BMI) who lose weight.
Therefore parents as well as children with psoriasis should be given lifestyle modifications tips like exercise and diet plans and referred to specialists to help them lose the excess weight when they are being issued with conventional medicine prescriptions for psoriasis.
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