Study: Obese Kids Prone to Heart Disease


Excess weight in children can threaten the health of their heart while still at primary school age. Two-thirds of the 307 children who became the object of the study had at least one early symptoms of heart health, such as high blood pressure.

This is the result of research in the Netherlands and published in the Archives Disease in Children. During this time, associated heart disease in the elderly. But the warning was detected in children aged two to 12.

Obesity is a problem that more and more are found throughout the world. Now more and more people find overweight at a younger age. Children two years of age with a body mass index (BMI) over 20.5 is classified as obese ‘severe’. At the age of 18 years, obesity is characterized by the BMI scale 35. BMI to measure obesity.

Researchers at VU University Medical Centre in Amsterdam gathering data from the Dutch Pediatric Surveillance Unit between 2005 to 2007. They saw the warning signs of heart disease in obese children. “Surprisingly, 62 percent of obese children under the age of 12 years has had one or two cardiovascular risk factors,” the study said.

More than half of the children had high blood pressure. There are also cases of ‘good cholesterol’ low and high blood sugar, which can lead to type 2 diabetes. The researchers said this “may lead to cardiovascular disease in adolescents.”

Doireann Maddock, senior cardiac nurse at the British Heart Foundation, said: “While this is a small study, the findings are surprising. Truly a concern that many obese children are identified as having at least one risk factor for heart disease, including high blood pressure, high blood glucose and problems with cholesterol levels, “he said. (bbc / DOR)

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