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Overweight Kids Have A Doubled Risk Of High Blood Pressure

Compared to children maintaining a healthy weight between ages four and six, those with new or persistent excess weight according to BMI had 2.49 and 2.54 have risks of blood pressure, respectively

Overweight kids have a doubled risk of high blood pressure!!

This is becoming rampant cause of concern in the world of health and fitness.

Obesity is a condition where your body weight is abnormally high. Obesity is linked with a plethora of metabolic conditions and various other issues. A latest research has shown that overweight four-year-kids have a doubled risk of high blood pressure by age six, raising the health hazards like the heart attack and stroke, as per study has found.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the increasing prevalence of childhood obesity has become serious public health challenges of the 21st century.

According to the statistics In 2016, more than 41 million children under the age of five were overweight.

The study was published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology. The researchers have examined and finally linked between excess weight and high blood pressure in 1,796 four-year-olds who were followed up two years later.

Compared to children maintaining a healthy weight between ages four and six, those with new or persistent excess weight according to BMI had 2.49 and 2.54 have risks of blood pressure, respectively and the  Children who lost weight did not have an increased risk of high blood pressure.

“The best way to maintain a healthy weight and lose excess kilos is to exercise and eat a healthy diet.” said study lead author Inaki Galan from Carlos III Health Institute in Spain.

“There is a chain of risk, whereby overweight and obesity lead to high blood pressure, which heightens the chance of cardiovascular disease if allowed to track into adulthood,” said Dr Galán. “But the results show that children who return to a normal weight also regain a healthy blood pressure.

How to prevent becoming overweight:

The main reasons for the rise of obesity in children are parents. The parents need to be more physically active with young children and provide a healthy diet.

Being overweight before pregnancy can lead to increased risk of overweight in it is advised that the women have to shed extra pounds before getting pregnant.

In addition to health education to the parents, the school curriculum needs to include three to four hours of physical activity every week.

Teachers should supervise activities during breaks, while schools can offer games and sports after classes and provide nutritionally balanced meals and snacks.

Doctors should routinely assess BMI and waist circumference at early age, and rule out other causes like heart defects, kidney disease, genetic conditions, and hormonal disorders.

Overweight children should have their blood pressure measured. Three consecutive elevated readings constitute high blood pressure.

A good dietary improvements will be advised. If lifestyle changes do not help, blood pressure-lowering medication may be prescribed.

Diet modifications should be done like choosing whole wheat flour instead of refined flour, as they are much denser in fiber.,avoided high-calorie junk food and sugared sodas.

Keeping count of the amount of calorie intact by the children and the number of calories consumed by the child using calorie counter.


New research have proved the increased prevalence of high blood pressure in children who are overweight.

The study has compared 2 years findings at age of 4 years and 6 years and showed the increased records of blood pressure who have gained weight and children who have decreased weight have no change in the blood pressure, This proved that the obesity has increased chances of future health issues like heart attack and stroke.

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