Childhood obesity a ‘time-bomb’

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The study found that being obese or overweight from as early as three years of age increased the chances participants would have a high cardiovascular risk later in life. According to a recent New Zealand health survey, 11% of children were obese and a further 21% overweight. ‘This means we are facing a real time-bomb in terms of the potentially enormous burden of ill-health in a substantial proportion of our population,”These findings are important because determining an association early on may help provide further impetus for interventions to prevent overweight and obesity beginning in early childhood with the goal of improving long-term cardiovascular health.

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