Obese Kids at Risk for Heart Disease: Study

Obesity and heart disease have always been interlinked in almost adult cases, but not in children. However, recent studies indicate that obese children as young as 8 manifested early signs of heart disease, reported WebMD.

The research by lead author, Linyuan Jing, a postdoctoral fellow with Geisinger Health System in Danville, Pa., gathered data from 40 children between the ages of 8 and 16. Equal number of subjects represented obese children and those with normal weight.
Jing conducted Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) where the scan revealed obese kids, 27 percent on average, exhibited more muscle mass in their heart’s left ventricle with 12 percent overall muscle mass.

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