Severely obese kids have heart disease risk factors as early as age 2
The significant and highly detailed Dutch study covered information from doctors’ clinical records across the country as complied by the Dutch Pediatric Surveillance Unit. This listed the age, sex, ethnicity and family circumstances, as well as measurements of blood pressure, fasting blood glucose, cholesterol and triglycerides.
The researchers found that in the severely obese children aged 2 to 12, 62% showed one or more risk factors with 50% hypertensive.
They wrote that “Only one child was obese because of a medical cause - a hypothalamic tumor. The rest were obese instead due to unhealthy lifestyle, a risk factor that continues to spread across the globe”.
A 2012 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study found over 60% of obese U.S. teens have at least one cardiovascular risk factor.
Study published online July 23, 2012 in the Archives of Disease in Childhood. As reported by TIME on July 24, 2012.