For Kids, Higher Weight Equals Higher Blood Pressure
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