Study: Obese kids have middle-aged arteries

November 11, 2008 4:26:15 PM PST
Obese children have arteries as old as someone in middle age. That's the finding of new research presented at the American Heart Association's annual scientific session in New Orleans. Researchers used ultrasound to measure the thickness of the inner walls of the carotid arteries located in the neck in seven high-risk children ages 6 to 19.

On average the participants had arteries more representative of someone three decades older.

The study was a small one but researchers say they do need to explore whether losing weight and adopting healthier lifestyles could correct these problems.