Effects of Childhood Obesity Can be Reversed

November 17th, 2011 by MorganDowney Leave a reply »

An analysis (published today in the New England Journal of Medicine) of over 6,000 subjects followed for 23 years found persons who were obese in childhood had high risk of type 2 diabetes, hypertension, elevated low-density and high-density cholesterol, triglyceride levels as well as carotid-artery atherosclerosis compared to persons who were never obese. However, persons who were obese as children but normal weight as adults had risk similar to those with a normal BMI consistently from childhood to adulthood. The New England Journal of Medicine: Research & Review Articles on Disease & Clinical Practice