A new study finds obesity linked to a rise in children’s blood pressure as they are three times more likely than their slimmer peers of permanently developing high blood pressure.

Obesity Linked to a Rise in Children's Blood PressureOf particular concern is the fact that the high blood pressure developed over a relatively short period of time. The study lasted for three years.

“These findings underscore the importance of developing and implementing early and effective clinical and public health strategies for obesity prevention,” said lead researcher Emily Parker, a research investigator at the HealthPartners Institute in Bloomington, Minnesota.

Parker and colleagues collected data from the records of three major health systems in California, Colorado, and Minnesota on over 100,000 children and teens.

0.3 percent of the children developed high blood pressure during the study.

“Having high blood pressure in children and adolescents is pretty rare, and we still need to know more about whether or not high blood pressure leads to greater risk of cardiovascular events later in life for these kids,” Parker said

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