Obesity associated with heart disease, diabetes in childhood

If your children struggle with their weight, new research suggests they may also suffer from diseases once seen only in adults.

Stiffening of the arteries, which can lead to early heart attacks and strokes, and Type 2 diabetes were found in many of the more than 600 obese children, adolescents and young adults studied. And the problem is only getting worse: According to the U.S.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, during the pandemic obesity among American children has jumped from 19% to 22%.

“We’re all very well aware that childhood, adolescence and adulthood obesity rates are quite staggering, and the risk for related chronic diseases is quite pervasive,” said senior researcher Joseph Kindler, an assistant professor in the department of nutritional sciences at the University of Georgia in Athens.

“Unfortunately, we’re at a point that we’re able to see these really severe complications earlier and earlier in the lifespan. Our youngest participant in this study was 10 years old — it’s pretty phenomenal, unfortunately.”

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