Report: U.S. children facing cholesterol trouble

January 22, 2010 3:55:17 PM PST
According to the federal government, one in five American children now has abnormal lipid levels. That means they are having problems with cholesterol or triglycerides, problems that were previously reserved for adults.

Experts blame widespread obesity in U.S. children.

The new report from the CDC says only 14 percent of normal weight kids showed abnormal lipid levels, compared to 43 percent of obese kids.

As a result, the American Academy of Pediatrics now recommends cholesterol tests for overweight children.

Diet and exercise is also recommended, but in extreme cases, which are becoming more common, doctors may suggest treating young patients with statin drugs to lower cholesterol.