Heavy Kids Become Teens With Heart Risks
Jim LiebeltJim is Senior Writer, Editor and Researcher for the HomeWord Center for Youth and Family at Azusa Pacific University. Jim has over 25 years of experience as a youth and family ministry specialist, and has been on the HomeWord staff since 1998. He has served over the years as a pastor, author, youth ministry trainer, adjunct college instructor and speaker. Jim’s culture blog and parenting articles appear on HomeWord.com. Jim is a contributing author of culture and parenting articles to Crosswalk.com. Jim and his wife Jenny live in Olympia, WA.
- 2010 Nov 30
Preteens with a high body mass index (BMI) have increased risk factors for coronary artery disease in adolescence, researchers have found.
Those with a greater BMI between ages 9 and 12 were more likely to have high blood pressure, high levels of LDL cholesterol -- the so-called bad cholesterol -- and triglycerides, and insulin resistance at ages 15 or 16, Dr. Debbie Lawlor of the University of Bristol in England and colleagues reported in BMJ.
"Childhood BMI alone adequately identifies those who will be at increased risk of adverse cardiovascular profiles in adolescence," they wrote.
At baseline, a total of 18.5% of the children in the study were overweight; 4.5% were obese.
The prevalence of cardiovascular risk factors at ages 15 and 16 ranged from 2.9% for high diastolic blood pressure and triglycerides, to 28.8% for high systolic blood pressure.