Childhood obesity on the rise but not blood pressure

June 5, 2012 2:19:22 PM PDT
Obesity in children may be reported to be on the rise but apparently their blood pressure is not.

A study by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention finds that over a 20-year period while obesity rose from 6 percent to 17 percent in children and teens their blood pressure on average remained fairly stable.

Experts say that doesn't mean obesity is harmless to children.

Past research has shown that about 75 percent of obese kids become obese adults as well. Also, obesity carries an increased risk of chronic conditions such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease and arthritis.


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