Sobering Stats: One in Five US Adolescents Have Abnormal Lipids

Recent analysis of NHANES 1999-2006 data reveals that 20% of American youths aged 12-19 years old have at least one abnormal lipid level. Risk increases as weight increases:

  • Normal weight: 14%
  • Overweight: 22%
  • Obese: 43%

This is very sobering as cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of premature death in the US, and abnormal lipid levels are a major risk factor.

PositiveTip: Parents should have their teen’s lipids tested, especially if they are overweight. Appropriate lifestyle and dietary interventions are necessary to minimize risk.