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Obese girls’ heart-sat risk

Girls as young as age nine who are overweight are at heightened risk for serious short-term and long-term health problems that put them at increased risk for developing heart disease, a study released today said. For example, overweight girls are more likely to have elevated blood pressure and cholesterol compared with their normal-weight counterparts……..CLICK & SEE

In the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institut’s Growth and Health Study, 1,166 Caucasian and 1,213 African American girls aged 9-10 were tracked for more than 10 years.

Researchers measured the girl’s  height, weight, blood pressure, and cholesterol annually through age 18. They also obtained self-reported measures at ages 21 to 23 years.

The study published in the Journal of Pediatrics said, overweight rates increased through adolescence from 7 to 10 per cent in the Caucasian girls and from 17 to 24 percent in African American girls.

Girls were 1.6 times more likely to become overweight between 9 and 12 years of age than in later adolescence.

Source:The Telegraph (Kolkata,India)

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