Childhood Obesity and Hypertension

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Story Updated: Sep 17, 2013

Being a heavy child my have long lasting impact. In fact, new research suggests it may quadruple your risk for high blood pressure as an adult.

Starting back in 1986...researchers in Indiana began tracking the growth and blood pressure of over 11-hundred healthy adolescents. Over the 27 years, they were able to accumulate a vast amount of data.

6-percent of normal weight children had high blood pressure as adults.

While 14-percent of overweight children developed high blood pressure.

But the big news was the 26-percent of obese children ending up with high blood pressure as adults.

The researchers believe these findings add more evidence that being overweight or obese in childhood is a true public health threat.

I'm Dr. Cindy Haines of HealthDay TV, your source for ideas to protect your health.

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