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Childhood Obesity: of cardiovascular complications from the age of 8 years

Childhood Obesity leads to many health problems in the long term. It could even be responsible for cardiovascular diseases, from childhood.






Age of eight years old and already at risk of cardiovascular diseases. Young children in a state of obesity could develop pathologies that were thought own in adulthood.

This observation is the result of a study presented at the scientific session 2015 of the American Heart Association. Childhood obesity was already associated with various problems of physical and psychological health, and recently, in the case of type 2 diabetes among children. But this is the first time that researchers highlight the fact that cardiovascular diseases could appear from the youngest age.


Reversible effects

Forty children participated in the study. Among them, half was normal, the other, obese. Among the latter, no sign seemed to indicate that they were suffering from cardiovascular problems, even if other complications related to their weight, such as asthma or depressive symptoms, were clearly visible.

The children were then all been subjected to a MRI scan. The imaging of their court confirmed the fears of doctors. The young participants suffering from obesity were already, from the age of eight years, signs of poor heart health.

This was reflected by a muscle mass to the level of the left ventricle of the heart 27 per cent more important than normal, and the cardiac muscles 12% thicker than those of their small comrades non-obese. Two signs which increase the risk of cardiac complications in the long term.

The main author of the study, Dr. Linyuan Jing, believes that these results must push the parents to act and to rethink the diet of their children. "The effects of obesity on the heart of young people may be reversible with a healthy diet, but it is also possible that the damages are permanent. This must therefore be a source of additional motivation for parents to ensure their children a hygiene of healthy life", stressed this specialist.


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