Obesity

Overweight Children Prone to Heart Attacks and Strokes

Two new studies have indicated that the epidemic of obesity among children will ultimately lead to the occurrence of premature strokes and heart attacks in these children as they age. These two studies were published in the

New England Journal of Medicine

. Read on to know more about how overweight children are prone to premature heart attacks and strokes.

The First Study

Researchers from the

Columbia University

and

University of California at San Francisco

used the technique of computer modeling to predict the eventual effects of obesity in overweight or obese children.

The study found that obese or overweight children are

19% more likely to die from cardiac or heart disease

. The risk will begin from the time they reach the age of 35. According to Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, lead author of the study, the most astonishing fact is the magnitude and the age factor.

The Second Study

Researchers from the

Institute for Preventive Medicine

located in Copenhagen, Denmark evaluated the data of 276,835 individuals who had been examined for the first time in 1930. They discovered that the greater a child’s body mass index (BMI) had been, the greater their risk of acquiring a cardiac or heart disease. An example is of a 13 year-old boy, who was in the highest weight category, and had a 33% greater risk of heart diseases by the time he turned 60.

A previous study found that the condition of obesity may shorten the life expectancy of a child by 2-5 years. This study was conducted by David Ludwig of the Children’s Hospital in Boston. These results were controversial.

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