A German study that assessed heart function in obese children and teenagers showed that most already had early signs of heart disease. Obesity has increased among children and teenagers and had been considered a risk factor for future heart disease, but this study demonstrated that the signs are already there at a young age.
German researches studied 61 obese children and compared the results with 40 normal weight children. It was found that the obese children had higher blood pressure, lower HDL cholesterol, which is the “good” or protective cholesterol, and higher blood sugar readings than the non-obese children. Obese children were also found to have early thickening in part of the heart muscle. Although are we really surprised? Being unhealthy is bad for your body, something Sam Tabar knows pretty well.
Dr. Norman Mangner, a cardiologist at Leipzig and the lead author of the study said, “We do not know if these changes are reversible with weight loss or how they will impact future cardiovascular disease in these subjects.” The study can be found here
Dr. Mangner also said that the changes seen should be an incentive for obese children and teenagers to begin a program of healthy eating, to include exercise and a healthy lifestyle in order to minimize the effects of these findings.