Obesity adversely affects girls as compared to boys, a recent study from University of California has revealed.
Nearly 1,700 adolescents between 13 and 17 years old took part in a study which revealed some startling facts. The risk of developing systolic blood pressure (SBP) in obese boys was 3.5 times more as compared to their non-obese counterparts whereas in the obese girls the risk of SBP was 9 times more.
"Overall, there is a higher likelihood that those who present with both higher BMI and blood pressure will succumb to cardiovascular complications as adults. But the findings suggest that obese females may have a higher risk of developing these problems", researchers said.
This could also be due to the fact that obese adolescent girls are not as physically active as obese boys contributing to elevated cardiovascular risks.