New research shows that there are higher heart risks for very obese children than had been previously thought. It’s known that obese children have higher health risks, but the study shows the exact
risk factors for heart disease.
Children who are at least 100 pounds overweight have greater frequency of high blood pressure and diabetes than their less overweight peers. In addition approximately 75 % of the very obese children in the study had high levels of a protein linked to heart disease.
“Severe obesity in the adolescent age group is associated with numerous cardiovascular risk factors that were previously thought to only affect adults,” said study author Dr. Marc Michalsky, an associate professor of clinical surgery and pediatrics at Ohio State University College of Medicine, in Columbus.
Half the participants had high cholesterol and 95% had at least one risk factor fir heart disease. The findings suggest that early intervention is important to stop the disease from worsening.