September 26, 2012

Obese children have 30-40% greater health risks

We all know that maintaining proper weight is important for our health. From our joints to our heart, our bodies are designed to function at a normal weight. Unfortunately, the standard American diet full of preservatives and processed food, in addition to a sedentary lifestyle, has caused obesity rates to rise alarmingly. Of particular concern are obese children.

A new study has found that obese children have even greater health risks than previously thought. Science Daily reports:

Researchers at the University of Oxford show that obese children and adolescents have several risk factors for heart disease including raised blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels, and a thickening of the heart muscle, compared with normal weight children.
 They warn that, if these risk factors are allowed to progress into adulthood, obese children could already be at a 30-40% higher risk of future stroke and heart disease than their normal weight counterparts.
Feed your children fresh fruits and vegetables and be sure they get exercise every day!

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Posted by Jennifer Lance at September 26, 2012 4:33 PM

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