Effect of Childhood Obesity on Arteries Similar to that of Old Age

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New research reveals that the effects of childhood obesity on the arteries and other blood vessels are similar to those of old age.

Results of a recent study supervised by the American Heart Association show that some obese ten-year-olds actually have the arteries of a person who is 45.

A separate study further showed that childhood obesity can be tied to the enlargement of the left atrium of the heart – a risk factor for later heart disease and stroke.

Doctors recommend teaching children about the importance of good nutritional choices, and encouraging children to exercise. By exercising with their children, parents help children avoid childhood obesity, hardened arteries, and heart disease.

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