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Overweight Children at Risk of Disease as Teens

By the time they reach the age of 15 or 16, overweight people who were also overweight as children are already showing signs of future heart disease. A study has shown that being overweight or obese between the ages of 9 and 12 leads to a higher chance of displaying heart disease risk factors such as high blood pressure during the teen years.

The study examined more than 5,000 children over several years, and looked at their blood pressure, glucose and insulin levels, and cholesterol.

According to the Leigh Reporter:

“Experts found that those children who were still overweight when they reached 15 or 16 were more likely to have high blood pressure, high cholesterol and high insulin levels -- all risk factors for heart disease ... But those youngsters who lost weight before they reached 15 or 16 had less risk, particularly if they were girls.”

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