There has been growing concerns about the wide scope of the problem of childhood obesity across the United States. Mayo Clinic writes that childhood obesity is a very serious medical condition which affects children and adolescents.
Medical News Today reported on Sept. 14, 2013, "Childhood obesity linked to high blood pressure in adulthood."
According to a recent study, children who are obese or overweight are more likely to suffer from high blood pressure when they are adults, in comparison with children of a healthy weight. It was found that obesity during childhood may increase the risk of high blood pressure four-fold in adult life.
Furthermore, children who are overweight may double their risk of high blood pressure when they are adults. In the past 30 years childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and tripled in adolescents according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
It is clearly important for pediatricians and family doctors to counsel children on the risk of high blood pressure which is associated with overweight and obesity, and to stress that a healthy diet, which includes reducing salt intake and exercise, may help lower this risk. Interventions aimed at preventing and treating obesity can play an important role in decreasing the significant burden of high blood pressure in adult life.