Those who suffer from obesity during childhood may also be at risk for high blood pressure during adulthood, according to researchers from the Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University.
Researchers reviewed CDC records of obese children between the ages of 5 and 17. They found that 70 percent of obese kids showed at least one cardiac risk factor including high cholesterol or blood pressure. Furthermore, those who had just one high blood pressure reading as kids were ten percent more likely to develop high blood pressure as adults.
"It is important that pediatricians counsel patients on the risk of high blood pressure associated with overweight and obesity, and stress that a healthy diet, including reducing salt intake and exercise, may help reduce this risk. Interventions to prevent and treat obesity will play an important role in decreasing the significant burden of high blood pressure in adulthood," the researchers wrote in their report.