Obesity in kids has adult sequelae

Sixty-three studies involving nearly 50,000 children aged five to 15 were included in the review, whose findings suggested overweight or obesity in childhood may have a bigger effect on adult health than previously believed.

The analysis of studies from 23 developed countries including Australia, found obesity already impacting blood pressure, lipid, and insulin levels in children.

“[These effects] could give them a head start on their normal and even overweight classmates for future cardiovascular disease, diabetes and stroke,” the researchers said.