Weight gain in childhood could lead to an enlarged heart by early adulthood, say researchers based on findings of a recent study .
Researchers followed 467 children for almost 22 years. Researchers compared medical data obtained from the participants at childhood with data obtained at young adulthood. Results showed body mass index scores correlated with heart size. Participants who had the highest BMI levels in childhood also had the largest hearts. Researchers also note half of the obese adults were also obese as children.
Thus researchers say more importance should be given to early health education and intervention.