Obese kids have double the risk of hypertension

Researchers examined medical records of nearly 250,000 Californian children aged six to 17 to estimate their risk of developing high blood pressure based on BMI and age charts developed by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

They found overweight children were twice as likely to have hypertension; moderate obesity conferred a fourfold higher risk and extremely obese children had a 10-fold higher risk.

J Clin Hypertension 2013; online 9 October