About one-sixth of the kids that visited the emergency room during that time were obese, according to the study.
"Because obese patients have an increased body mass and force, they are more likely to twist or roll on a lower extremity and cause injury than the non-obese children. Other injuries that the patients experienced were fractures and lacerations," said study lead author Dr. Wendy Pomerantz, a physician at the hospital.
Dr. Pomerantz went on to say that obesity can lengthen a child's recovery time.
"Parents of an obese child who want the child to exercise but (are) afraid of the child getting injured should work with a specialist to get a tailored diet and exercise regimen to help them lose weight," said Pomerantz.