Diabetes Forecast

For Kids, Higher Weight Equals Higher Blood Pressure

By Miriam E. Tucker ,

Bridget Black/Mittera

Children and adolescents who gain too much weight often develop high blood pressure, which puts them at risk for later heart problems. In a study of health records for more than 100,000 children ages 3 to 17, those who were obese had double the risk of high blood pressure over a three-year period compared with those who kept a healthy weight. What’s more, the risk tripled for those who went from a healthy weight to overweight during the three-year study and jumped five times for those who went from overweight to obese. The findings suggest the importance of keeping kids’ weight at a healthy level as they grow.
Source: Pediatrics, published online Feb. 19, 2016



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