Obese children six times more likely to have high blood pressure

High blood pressure is the #1 cause of death in most Western countries.  Jiroemon Kimura was 116 last year, and he had low blood pressure…

“The fatter young people are, the greater their risk of prehypertension and hypertension. Any weight loss they can achieve will help reduce their risk”
Professor Schwandt from Ludwig Maximillian’s University, August 2014.

What do we now have in the West? 

The rates of high blood pressure in obese children and teenagers are six times greater than those of a healthy weight.

  • Children and teenagers of normal weight – 5.4% had high blood pressure
  • Children and teenagers overweight – 9.8% had high blood pressure
  • Children and teenagers overweight – 21.5% had high blood pressure
  • Obese boys were 4.3 times more likely to suffer from high blood pressure
  • Obese girls were 5.9 times more likely to suffer from high blood pressure

“This shows the road paved to silent killer of hypertension”
Dr Pedro Marques-Vidal, European Cardiology Society, August 2014.

“We are looking at a situation in which children are buried before their parents; the obesity crisis in Britain is horrifying.  We need to stop children getting fat in the first place, because fat children become fat adults and as this study shows, even before then they are suffering from major health risks”
Tam Fry, National Obesity Forum, August 2014.

Study by Professor Schwandt, from Ludwig Maximillian’s University, and colleagues, on 22,000 German children and young people, as presented to the European Society of Cardiology Congress, in Barcelona, 2014.

 

Posted: Wednesday 3 September 2014