Research recently conducted at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's Center for Injury Research and Prevention revealed that car seats are effective in protecting overweight children involved in accidents.
After studying nearly 1,000 1- to 8-year-old children involved in car accidents, no evidence of increased injury risk among children representing a heavier weight range was found.
"Given that nearly 32 percent of children in the United States are categorized as overweight or obese, and motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death and injury for all children, we wanted to better understand how these two threats to children's health interact," said Mark Zonfrillo, lead author and attending emergency physician at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
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