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Relation between Childhood Obesity and Adult Cardiovascular Risk

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Author(s): Allcock DarrenM | Gardner MichaelJ | Sowers JamesR

Journal: International Journal of Pediatric Endocrinology
ISSN 1687-9848

Volume: 2009;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 108187;
Date: 2009;
Original page

ABSTRACT
The incidence of overweight and obesity is rising at an alarming pace in the pediatric population, just as in the adult population. The adult comorbidities associated with this risk factor are well-recognized and are being further elucidated continually. Additionally, we are gradually developing a better understanding of the risks of overweight and obesity among children while they are still young. However, there is now a growing body of evidence showing that childhood obesity not only leads all too frequently to adult obesity, but is in itself a risk factor for cardiometabolic syndrome and resultant cardiovascular risk in adulthood. If current trends continue, the problem of pediatric overweight and obesity will become of unmanageable proportions once these individuals reach adulthood. Future research efforts toward understanding this complex problem will need to focus on those overweight and obese children who later went on to change their metabolic course and become normal-weight adults.
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