Skip to content

    Children's Health

    Font Size
    A
    A
    A

    Metabolic Syndrome Common in Obese Kids

    Half of Obese Children Ages 12-14 at High Risk for Heart Disease and Diabetes as Adults

    continued...

    This does not mean that overweight kids who don't yet have metabolic syndrome are out of the woods.

    "Children who are obese and who don't have these risk factors should not be feeling good about it, because they will have them down the road," Stevens warns. "When we hear of people dying of coronary artery disease in their 30s and 40s, we are shocked and amazed and say, 'That is too young.' But I am fearful we are going to be seeing coronary artery disease a lot earlier in these kids growing up obese."

    There is, however, a window of opportunity for obese and overweight kids -- even those who already show signs of heart disease.

    "There is a chance -- if people get serious about this and eat less saturated fats and exercise more and lose weight, they can reverse some of this process," Steven says.

    To that end, Messiah's team is working on a plan to get overweight kids interested in strenuous exercise. If they can show it works in their clinic, she says, they'll move the program into the community.

    "It is sad because these children are so young and I don't know if they have ever really known what feeling good feels like," Messiah says. "Think of the exhilarating feeling of a hard workout -- these children have never experienced that. It is hard to get people to understand that exercise makes you feel good about yourself. So much of this has to do with kids being sedentary. If we could get kids moving and feeling good about being active, things would change."

    Messiah and colleagues report their findings in an early online issue of the Journal of Pediatrics.

    1 | 2

    Today on WebMD

    child with red rash on cheeks
    What’s that rash?
    plate of fruit and veggies
    How healthy is your child’s diet?
     
    smiling baby
    Treating diarrhea, fever and more.
    Middle school band practice
    Understanding your child’s changing body.
     

    worried kid
    fitArticle
    jennifer aniston
    Slideshow
     
    Measles virus
    Article
    sick child
    Slideshow
     

    babyapp
    New
    Child with adhd
    Slideshow
     
    rl with friends
    fitSlideshow
    Child Coughing or Sneezing into Elbow
    Article