Children with heavy obesity, especially boys, have high risk factors that increase the chances of getting heart disease and diabetes.
A study at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill reveals that as the severity of obesity grows, the risk to develop heart disease goes up.
Children who are the most obese are twice as likely to have the risk factors for heart disease and diabetes as compared to those who are mildly obese.
This study is published Oct. 1 in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Severe obesity is particularly on the rise among children in US and young adults, according to background information in the study. Four percent of children were severely obese in 1999-2004. By 2011-2012, 6 percent were severely obese.
Source – Web MD