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Kuhle S, Kirk SF, Ohinmaa A, Urschitz MS, Veugelers PJ

Objective: The objective of this study was to examine the association between otitis media and childhood obesity in a population-based sample of elementary school children in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia.
Results: Relative to normal weight children, obese children had more healthcare provider contacts for otitis media (adjusted incidence rate ratio 2.03, 95% confidence interval [CI] 1.66-2.49), incurred more costs per otitis media-related visit ($47 vs. $24, P  = 0.0001) and had higher odds to have repeated otitis media (adjusted odds ratio 2.27, 95% CI 1.54-3.35). Socioeconomic factors, a history of breastfeeding, presence of an allergic disorder or chronic adenoid/tonsil disorder did not change the association between obesity and otitis media.
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