With more and more children being obese, the long-term health effects are coming to light.In a recent study, researchers in Germany spent over three years collecting health information on children, including blood pressure, height and weight. Eleven years later, the same measurements were repeated and ultrasound used to check the thickness of their blood vessels. Thickness of blood vessels is an important marker of health because thicker lining is an early indicator of clogged arteries, which is bad for the heart and other organs.
The researchers found that those who had high blood pressure or obesity had increased risk of thicker artery lining. Parents should pay attention to their children’s weight. Obesity and high blood pressure early in life can be prevented with physical activity and a healthy diet.