Obesity increases risk of heart disease in young children: study

Researchers from King’s College London have revealed that obesity has an impact on the heart health of young children. This study was specifically conducted to determine the process of impact of obesity on the heart, which also hinders natural growth and development.

The research, published in the European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging, claims that the left side of the heart of children with obesity becomes more circular than normal. These symptoms have been found in patients with aortic stenosis. Therefore, the body mass index (BMI) that determines obesity should be 19 for a 10-year-old child and 25 for adults.

According to the results, the left ventricle opens into the aorta, which supplies oxygenated blood to the body through other arteries. The left ventricle and the aorta are separated by an aortic valve. The research included data on children’s final years after birth, aimed at examining the development of the heart system and its associated risk factors.

While collecting data to examine the development of the cardiac system and its associated risk factors, the CMR imaging technique was used for an in-depth study of the hearts of approximately 2631 children aged 10 years.

The lead researcher of this study, Maciej Marciniak, said: “Obesity in children is certainly a cause for concern as it can affect the normal development of their heart. Now, a closer clinical review of this research can help advise patients to follow a healthy lifestyle at an early age, especially in children.

Earlier, various medical reports claimed that the problem of heart disease in young children has increased over the past few years, raising the bar of concern. Surprisingly, obesity has been identified as one of the leading causes of heart disease in people of all age groups.

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