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Monday, April 26, 2010

Artery Damage Discovered in Overweight Kids

Overweight children have stiffer central arteries than do normal weight children, according to a new study from the Medical College of Georgia.

Dr. Catherine Davis and her colleagues examined 44 overweight children ages 8 to 11 years old and found that those with higher body mass indexes had less compliant arteries.

"It basically shows that the roots of the disease that may cause a heart attack at 40 or 50 or 60 years old are already growing in a child," Dr. Davis said. "It turns out that fat tissue is an organ, rather than just a silent mass. It is an active organ, secreting inflammatory factors and so forth."

The study was presented at the Society of Behavioral Medicine meeting.

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