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Posted at: Jun 14, 2019, 7:36 AM; last updated: Jun 14, 2019, 7:36 AM (IST)

Watch your kid’s weight

Watch your kid’s weight

Overweight four-year-olds have a doubled risk of high blood pressure by age six, raising the hazard of future heart attack and stroke, a study has found.

According to the WHO, childhood obesity is one of the most serious public health challenges of the 21st century. The problem is global and the prevalence has increased at an alarming rate. 

In 2016, more than 41 million children under the age of five were overweight. “The myth that excess weight in children has no consequences hampers the prevention and control of this health problem,” said Inaki Galan, of Carlos III Health Institute in Spain.

“Parents need to be more physically active with young children and provide a healthy diet,” Galan said. “Women should shed extra pounds before becoming pregnant, avoid gaining excess weight during pregnancy, and quit smoking, as these are all established risk factors for childhood obesity,” he said. 

The study examined the link between excess weight and high blood pressure in 1,796 four-year-olds who were followed up two years later.  Blood pressure was measured at both time points, as was body mass index and waist circumference. 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 higher risks of high blood pressure, respectively.— PTI 

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