Letters Cardiovascular risk in children

Don’t rush into testing and treating children

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e6899 (Published 17 October 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e6899
  1. Jennifer Logue, senior clinical lecturer in metabolic medicine1,
  2. Naveed Sattar, professor of medicine1
  1. 1University of Glasgow, BHF Cardiovascular Research Centre, Glasgow G12 8TA, UK
  1. jennifer.logue{at}glasgow.ac.uk

Although Friedemann and colleagues’ meta-analysis confirmed that obesity worsens risk factors for cardiovascular disease in children,1 we do not entirely agree with their recommendations.

The authors mention targeting risk factors before they reach abnormal limits and defining cut offs for risk as a guide to treatment. This implies a link between obesity related cardiovascular risk factors in …

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