Childhood Obesity Rates Rise While Blood Pressure Falls
Posted Jul 02 2012 3:23pm
The rising rate of childhood obesity in the U.S. did not coincide with a rise in blood pressure among children, according to a study published in the journal Pediatrics.
The study consisted of 11,500 children and adolescents ages 5 to 17, using data collected over a 20-year period by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Researchers discovered that from 1974 to 1993, the amount of obese children tripled, while the children with high blood pressure decreased from 8 percent to 6 percent among girls and from 6 percent to 4 percent among boys.
“I think the take-home from this study is that we should not necessarily assume that increases in childhood obesity will be associated with changes in every risk factor,” stated David S. Freedman, CDC’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity, lead researcher on the study.
Freedman also added that this study does not prove obesity to be harmless. In fact, three out of four obese children will eventually become obese adults, he noted, and will most likely deal with type 2 diabetes, as well as heart disease and arthritis.