ANCHOR LEAD: THE NEGATIVE EFFECTS OF OBESITY ARE SEEN VERY EARLY IN CHILDHOOD, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Everyone knows that obesity is bad for the heart, but now a new study reveals that even in very young children who are overweight, signs of heart disease already are apparent. The study was reported at the recent American Heart Association meeting. Rick Lange, a cardiologist at Johns Hopkins, describes the findings.
LANGE: This was a study conducted in the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, and they followed over 300 children from age three, over the next four years. And they measured their height and weight every four months, and they also assessed the known cardiovascular risk factors. And what they determined is that children who develop obesity at a young age, and that is children who developed it at four years of age, even over the next several years began to develop many of the signs or symptoms associated with increased cardiovascular risk. :29
The good news is that enlargement of the heart and metabolic problems associated with obesity were reversible in children. I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.