Obese children may not only experience the heartbreak of teasing, but also heart disease according to a new study. (more…)
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A new study shows that in the last 25 years, rates of severe childhood obesity in the United States have tripled, putting increasing numbers of children at risk for diabetes and heart disease.
Researchers looked at National Health and Nutrition Survey data on 12,384 youths, ages two to 19 years, and found that the prevalence of severe obesity increased from 0.8 percent in the period from 1976 to 1980 to 3.8 percent in 1999 to 2004. The study appears online in Academic Pediatrics. (more…)
While we have been on the topic of screening, let’s look at another area, cholesterol and triglycerides. Once again there is a lot of news about the appropriate time to screen children for lipid abnormalities. The medical community always likes a lively discussion with good scientific evidence, but the AAP, the American Heart Association, and the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force do not have a clear consensus on screening in children. (more…)