Overweight children are more likely to develop asthma
A study published in the medical journal Pediatrics found that overweight children are at a higher risk of developing asthma by age eight than children at ideal weight. The study was conducted by researchers at the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden. The study evaluated the relationship between body mass index (Discover Your Ideal Weight) and asthma of more than 2,000 Swedish children when they were a year, a year and a half, four years and seven years. The results showed that overweight children up to seven years of age were twice as likely to develop asthma by eight years than children of normal weight. On the other hand, overweight children who achieve ideal weight seven years no longer present the increased risk to develop the disease. One of the possible explanations involves a hormone called leptin, which comes from fat and is found in large amounts in overweight people. Thus, it is suggested that leptin stimulates exaggerated inflammatory responses of the immune system, a key feature of asthma. Overweight in childhood favors high blood pressure
A study published in the journal
revealed that children above of weight are nearly three times more likely to develop high blood pressure compared to those who are at ideal weight. The study was led by researchers at the Indiana University School of Medicine in the United States. The survey tracked 1,111 school-aged children for four years. Twice a year they measured blood pressure, height, and weight. The results showed that 14% of overweight children had high blood pressure, while only 5% of normal weight children had high blood pressure. The threat of the disease was therefore about three times higher in the first case. P>
Scholars believe that the study should arouse the attention of parents who only usually show some concern about their children's weight when they are diagnosed with obesity . Unfortunately, overweight is still not seen as a health risk fact.
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