Obese Youth Have Early Signs of Heart Problems

October 8, 2014 9:22 PM

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Obese Youth Have Early Signs of Heart Problems

Childhood obesity is a serious condition because it increases the children's risk of becoming morbidly obese adults, which then leads to a greater risk of developing other health conditions. In a new study, researchers examined the heart health of young obese children and discovered early signs of heart problems.

"Children are ideal subjects to observe the effect of obesity on the heart," said the study's lead author Norman Mangner, M.D., of the Heart Center Leipzig. "This is because they are likely free of clinically relevant cardiovascular disease adults may suffer from."

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