Obese Kids’ Hearts Show Problems
Obese kids already show signs of heart problems, according to a study. Researchers did blood tests and used sophisticated imaging techniques to examine the hearts of 61 obese and 40 nonobese kids and young adults ages 8 to 21. They found abnormalities in the shape and function of the obese kids’ hearts: Parts of their hearts were enlarged and showed signs of working harder to pump blood. Compared with their normal-weight peers, the obese kids had higher blood pressure and LDL (“bad”) cholesterol, and lower levels of HDL (“good”) cholesterol. Further study will be needed to learn whether weight loss can reverse these changes, researchers say.
Source: Journal of the American College of Cardiology, published online Oct. 8, 2014