Childhood Obesity Ups Heart Disease Risk

by Sheela Philomena on  July 19, 2011 at 12:42 PM Child Health News
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Kids as young as 10 face an increased risk of heart disease due to obesity, says childhood obesity expert.

Dr Matt Sabin, co-head of the Royal Children's Hospital weight management clinic, said Victoria's obesity epidemic was becoming extreme.
 Childhood Obesity Ups Heart Disease Risk
Childhood Obesity Ups Heart Disease Risk

"We're not talking about a little bit of extra weight, we're talking about severely obese children," News.com.au quoted Sabin as saying.

"It is getting worse - the numbers are not getting higher but the degree of obesity is getting worse," added Sablin.

While most were aged 14 to 18, a handful were as young as 10, Sabin said.

"Five years ago, one child every three or four months was being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, now it's one every three or four weeks," he said.

Type 2 diabetes could lead to kidney failure, heart disease, blindness, and research had shown, within 15 years of diagnosis, one in 10 children would be dead.

Source: ANI

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