12:20am Saturday 16 November 2019

Girl or boy, childhood obesity is still a worrying problem

Boy and girl

A study of more than 1,500 13- to 17-year-olds revealed obese boys were 3.5 times more likely to develop higher blood pressure than non-obese boys. But the findings also showed obese girls were nine times more likely to develop high blood pressure compared to their non-obese peers.

Natasha Stewart, our Senior Cardiac Nurse, said: “Here we have yet more evidence highlighting the danger that obesity poses to the health of our children.

Healthy eating and physical activity during childhood is vital

“Based on this American study alone, it’s too early to say for sure whether girls are more at risk than boys, but we do know girls tend to be less active than boys which could play a part. What is certain is that obesity is clearly putting both boys’ and girls’ health at risk.

“This is a very real problem for many families – about a third of young people in England are now overweight or obese. Healthy eating and physical activity during childhood is vital to ensuring growth, development and a pattern of healthy habits which will carry through into adulthood.”

Our Food4Thought campaign, set to return later this year, encourages children to think more about the amount of physical activity they do and the types of food they eat.

The latest study into the effect of obesity on kids’ blood pressure is from the University of California.

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