Overweight Kids Developing Heart Disease

Obese children as young as eight are showing the first signs of heart disease, experts at the Geisinger Health System have warned

Obese children as young as eight are showing the early signs of heart disease, experts have today warned.

Scans of obese youngsters revealed a glimpse of significant heart disease and heart muscle abnormalities, according to new research.

Comparing 20 obese children with 20 of their normal-weight peers, scientists discovered obesity was linked to 27 per cent more muscle mass in the left ventricle of the heart, and 12 per cent thicker heart muscles – both signs of heart disease.

Forty per cent of the obese children were deemed to be at ‘high-risk’ because of problems with the thickened muscle in the heart, which was linked with impaired pumping ability.

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