Obesity has independent impact on kids' hearts

Using advanced cardiological techniques, German researchers found that the effects of obesity on cardiac geometry and function could be observed even in childhood. 

Obese children had significantly higher blood pressure, enlarged cardiac chambers and thicker left ventricular walls compared to their non-obese counterparts, the researchers found. 

They also had increased LDL cholesterol, lower HDL cholesterol and worse diastolic functioning than non-obese children. 

The links between obesity and poor heart health are well known, but it has been difficult