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J Clin Res Pediatr Endocrinol. 2013;5 Suppl 1:40-4. doi: 10.4274/jcrpe.856. Epub 2012 Nov 1.

Thyroid function and obesity.

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  • 1Regional Hospital of Bolzano, Pediatrics, Bolzano, Italy.


Nowadays, childhood obesity is one of the biggest health emergencies in the developed countries. Obesity leads to multiple metabolic alterations which increase the risk of developing diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. Thyroid function has been often described as altered in obese children, however, it is not clear whether the altered thyroid function is the cause or the consequence of fat excess. On the other hand, thyroid structure seems also to be affected. Nevertheless, both functional and structural alterations seem to improve after weight loss and therefore no treatment is needed.

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