Obesity and heart disease have always been interlinked in almost adult cases, but not in children. However, recent studies indicate that obese children as young as 8 manifested early signs of heart disease, reported WebMD.
The research by lead author, Linyuan Jing, a postdoctoral fellow with Geisinger Health System in Danville, Pa., gathered data from 40 children between the ages of 8 and 16. Equal number of subjects represented obese children and those with normal weight.
Jing conducted Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) where the scan revealed obese kids, 27 percent on average, exhibited more muscle mass in their heart’s left ventricle with 12 percent overall muscle mass. The result indicated an alarming statistic that raises these kids’ chances of having heart diseases in the future.
For 2011 to 2012, there were approximately 12.7 million obese children between the ages of 2 and 9. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defined childhood obesity as that which occur in children with a Body Mass Index (BMI) at or above the 85th percentile and below the 95th percentile for children and teens belonging to the same age and sex.