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Children risk heart disease

The American Society of Hypertension has warned that the rate of heart disease among obese children is set to triple, due to the increasing incidence of high blood pressure in children, according to a news report.

The statistics

The American Society of Hypertension released the following statistics about the health of US children.

  • 17% of children are obese
  • 20% of children are overweight
  • about 12 million children under age 18 are overweight or obese.
  • 3.5% of children have high blood pressure
  • 3.5% have pre-hypertension, which means they are at risk of developing high blood pressure.

What the experts say

Professor Falkner at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia said at a news conference sponsored by the American Society of Hypertension,

“The presence of child obesity results in higher rates of high blood pressure which is a major risk factor for stroke and heart attack. This is a problem that is not going to magically go away, and it puts children at risk for premature cardiac events at an earlier period in their adult lives.”


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