Obese children with risk factors had a "vascular age" similar to a 45 year old healthy adult.
It it is recognized that childhood obesity increases the risk of cardiovascular disease later in life. However, increasing evidence strongly suggests it is also linked to cardiovascular damage during childhood. In reviewing the evidence, researchers found obesity during the growing years was associated with measurable alterations to the structure and function of the cardiovascular system.
PositiveTip: Prevention of obesity in children is vital for their immediate and future health.