2 New Studies Highlight Obesity In Teens In America
(CNN) – Two new studies out this week support why it’s important as parents to watch our children’s weight, especially in their pre-teen and teen years. Here’s Pat St. Claire with today’s Health Minute.
New data finds, although heart disease usually occurs in adults, cardiovascular issues can develop in childhood, especially if youngsters are obese.
Research published in this week’s issue of pediatrics looked at 3,400 adolescents aged 12 to 19. They found 49 percent of the overweight teens and 61 percent of obese teens had one or more cardiovascular risk factors, such as high blood pressure or high cholesterol, in addition to being overweight.
The number of young people who were diagnosed pre-diabetic or diabetic jumped from 9 to 23 percent over a ten year period.
Another study found obese adolescents with no symptoms of heart disease already had heart damage.
Scientists looked at 97 adolescents and the relationship between their body fat and heart function. They found those children who were obese with no symptoms of heart disease already had weaker hearts with thicker walls.
Both sets of authors believe these studies show children, especially teens who are overweight have a higher risk of heart disease and that weight management in adolescents could help them avoid cardiovascular problems and other health concerns later in life.
For today’s health minute, I’m Pat St. Claire.