Obesity poses an increased risk of heart disease in children and adolescents, an American study confirms. And if nothing is done, the health system will soon suffer the serious consequences.
The American Heart Association sounds the alarm. For the first time, it makes a direct link between childhood obesity and the risk of developing heart problems.
A study of 2.3 million people over 40 reveals that the risk of death from cardiovascular disease is two to three times higher if a teen is overweight.
"The obese child becomes obese and tends to become obese," says Dr. Mélanie Henderson, pediatrician-endocrinologist at CHU Sainte-Justine. So over the years, we are overweight with all the complications associated with it. "
His team at CHU Sainte-Justine did not wait for the study of American cardiologists to solve the problem. With few resources, it has created a center for nine years whose mission is to fight against this public health problem.
Every year, the CHU Sainte-Justine Center for Pediatric Cardiac Diseases receives between 250 and 300 children and their parents. About 4% of these young patients, with a mean age of 12 years, already have four comorbidity factors.
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