Children’s lifestyles pose “unacceptable” cardiovascular risk, warns charity

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 14 August 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f5100
  1. Matthew Limb
  1. 1London

Many children risk developing coronary heart disease in later life unless their “shocking” lifestyles are improved, a charity has warned.

The British Heart Foundation said that inactivity, poor diet, and unhealthy eating habits were storing up cardiovascular problems for the UK’s population.

The charity published a new compendium of statistics, produced in partnership with the British Heart Foundation Research Group at Oxford University.1 It is the first time that a supplement to the group’s regular statistics on heart disease has focused solely on children and young people.

For the report researchers analysed data from several UK surveys and included commonly measured medical risk factors, such as obesity and diabetes and behavioural risk factors for …

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