Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Overweight Children and Blood Pressure

"A study done by researchers has shown a correlation between overweight and obese children and the development of high blood pressure. Over 1100 children averaging 10 years of age were followed for 5 years. Researches assessed their body mass index and blood pressure at least 8 times during the course of the study.
Researchers found that when BMI exceeded the 85th percentile (obesity is the 95th percentile) the risk of high blood pressure tripled... yes, tripled! And remember, these are children. So what does this mean?
It gives us another reason to get children moving, exercising and eating healthy. Reducing BMI reduces blood pressure as well as helps reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes, thus leading to healthier adults. This in turn will also help lower health care costs later in life, too. What could be worse than seeing a teenager having a stroke during PE because of high blood pressure?!"

Eckert, George J, M.S.; DiMeglio,Linda A., M.D.; Zhangsheng Yu, Ph.D.; Jeesun Jung, Ph.D.; and J. Howard Pratt, M.D., "Intensified Effect of Adiposity on Blood Pressure in Overweight and Obese Children" Indiana University School of Medicine. Hypertension: Journal of the American Heart Association, November 2011.


When you know better, you do better. Teach your children the importance of eating well and living an active lifestyle while they are young. The good habits they form today will reward them with good health tomorrow. For great tips on how to prevent childhood obesity, pick up a copy of Fit Girls Like You and Fit Boys Like You for your children TODAY! Also available on, Kindle, and NOOK for Barnes & Noble!

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Be good to yourself! More next time...