Childhood obesity does make parents worried and uncomfortable, but a new study might give all the more reasons for parents to try and prevent their children from being overweight. According to a new study, obese teenage boys have up to 50 percent less testosterone than their slimmer counterparts, increasing their risk of infertility later in life.
According to the study by scientists at the University at Buffalo in the U.S, young obese boys aged between 14 and 20 have only about half the testosterone level in comparison with those of normal weight.
"We were surprised to observe a 50 per cent reduction in testosterone in this pediatric study because these obese males were young and were not diabetic. The implications of our findings are, frankly, horrendous because these boys are potentially impotent and infertile. The message is a grim one with massive epidemiological implications," the study's first author Dr Paresh Dandona, Distinguished Professor in the Department of Medicine was quoted as saying by Mail Online.
For the study, the researchers recruited 25 obese and 25 lean adolescents, controlled for age and level of sexual maturity.