CV disease risk factors common among severely obese children

The Time “Healthland” blog reports, “A Dutch study finds that high blood pressure, high cholesterol and high blood sugar are the norm, not the exception, among severely overweight children and adolescents.”

Researchers “found that two-thirds (67%) of severely obese kids already have at least one heart disease risk factor: high blood pressure, high LDL…cholesterol, low” levels of HDL cholesterol, “or high total cholesterol, high triglycerides, high fasting blood glucose or type 2 diabetes.”

MedPage Today reports, “High blood pressure was the most prevalent risk factor, occurring in more than half of all the children and in more than half of children 12 and younger.”

HealthDay reports, “Boys tended to be more severely obese than girls at a younger age, while the reverse was true for girls, according to the study published in the Archives of Disease in Childhood.”

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