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Childhood obesity increases blood pressure in adolescence, study shows

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e3065 (Published 01 May 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e3065
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. 1London

Children who are overweight or obese throughout childhood show raised blood pressure at the age of 14, a new study has found.

Australian researchers followed up 1186 children from birth, plotting their level of obesity against reference standards on percentile charts from birth to 14 years. Children in the top third of weight for height charts from birth had systolic blood pressures that were 4-9 mm Hg higher at the age of 14 than those of children of average adiposity on a reference trajectory.

“By following this group of children from birth to …

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