Being a heavy child may have long lasting impact.
In fact, new research suggests it may quadruple your risk for high blood pressure as an adult. Starting back in 1986, researchers in Indiana began tracking the growth and blood pressure of over 1,100 healthy adolescents.
Over the 27 years, they were able to accumulate a vast amount of data. 6% of normal weight children had high blood pressure as adults. While 14% of overweight children developed high blood pressure.
But the big news was the 26% of obese children ending up with high blood pressure as adults.
The researchers believe these findings add more evidence that being overweight or obese in childhood is a true public health threat.
I'm Dr. Cindy Haines of HealthDay TV, your source for ideas to protect your health.