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Are Child Obesity Dangers Underestimated?

Friday, 28 Sep 2012 11:48 AM


Childhood obesity poses a greater risk to health later in life than previously believed, suggests a study published in the British Medical Journal.
The findings, by University of Oxford researchers, come as New York City has moved to ban large-size sugary drinks to help tackle obesity and related health problems.
Researchers found obese children and adolescents have higher blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels, and a thickening of the heart muscle – compared with normal weight children – that could pose significant health risks as adults.
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The findings suggest adults who were overweight or obese as kids face up to a 40 percent higher risk of stroke and heart disease than their normal-weight peers.
For the study, researchers analyzed 63 studies involving 49,220 healthy children – aged 5 to 15 years old – conducted since 1990 and published between 2000 and 2011. The studies measured weight and cardiovascular disease risk factors, such as high blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood glucose levels.
The results showed obese and overweight children had significantly higher blood pressure and cholesterol. Fasting insulin levels and insulin resistance (markers for diabetes) were also markedly higher in obese children
"Weight, and especially obesity, has a significant effect on the risk parameters for cardiovascular disease that are present in children from age 5 years," researchers concluded. "This effect could give them a head start on their normal and even overweight classmates for future cardiovascular disease, diabetes and stroke."
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In an accompanying editorial, Lee Hudson and Russell Viner at the UCL Institute of Child Health in London, said the new review "provides a stark illustration of the probable threat that childhood obesity poses to disease burden in the population."




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