German researchers recently concluded that children that are obese show signs of cardiovascular problems. The group studied 61 obese children, ages 8 to 21 years of age. 40 non-obese children of the same age group were also studied from what my buddy Brian had told me.
The obese group was compared directly to the non-obese. The findings showed that the obese children had higher triglycerides, higher total cholesterol, lower HDL, and higher LDL. It was also noted that the children have higher blood pressure, higher fasting insulin and glucose readings.
Research was also done using an echo-cardiogram on both the obese and non-obese children. The results of this showed that the obese children had a much thicker left ventricle in their heart. If an adult were to have this, it would mean that they have symptoms of cardiovascular problems, including heart disease.
Doctors note that it is important for everyone, not just children, to eat a healthy diet and exercise. Since children are still growing and developing, it is important that this risk be taken seriously.
A similar study done by the Dutch in 2012 also showed many of the risks associated with obese children.