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You’re Kid’s Diet Might Put Them on The Road To Heart Disease
A new study has shown that kids in America tend to consume a lot of salt and sugar on a day to day basis and very little vegetables and fruits. In addition to that the study also indicates that many kids in America are overweight.
This new study may not come as a surprise too many parents, but researchers are worried that kids are being set up for early heart disease.
A survey conducted by the researchers revealed that none of the 8,900 kids (aged between 2 and 11) who took part in the survey was doing everything right. Even more shocking was the fact that most of the kids who took part in the survey were lacking the goal on 3 out of the 4 measures which are required when it comes to healthy living.
"Our findings indicate that, in general, children start with pretty good blood pressure," said the head researcher of the study, Dr. Donald Lloyd-Jones of the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine which is located in Chicago.
"But if they have a horrible diet, it will drive a worsening body mass index (BMI) and cholesterol levels."
From the study the researchers found out that almost 40% of the kids surveyed had low cholesterol levels which are very worrying. Early studies have shown that heart diseases usually start early – with clogging in the arteries known to start as early as 3 years old.
Ultrasound examinations which were carried in children who are young as 10 years old revealed that their arteries were already being clogged in a similar manner as those of middle-aged people.
"It seems that children in the United States are losing their ideal cardiovascular health status," the researchers wrote.