Health Dangers For Overweight Children

More evidence today of the hidden dangers facing kids who are overweight.

Researchers have found the arteries of obese children to be equal to those of a 45-year old adult. Cardiologists looked at the neck arteries of 70 obese children with an average age of 13.

They found most already had the fatty buildup of plaque associated with heart attack or stroke. No big surprise on what to do about it, doctors say, kids should eat healthier and get more exercise.

Last year, North Carolina ranked 5th for having the highest rate of obese kids.


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  • by Nana Location: Southern Pitt on Nov 12, 2008 at 10:50 AM
    My granddaughter (age 7) thinks it's a big deal if we cook at home rather than going out (or hitting a drive-thru). Back in the 60-70's when I was growing up, closest thing to fast food at my house was TV dinners on Friday night and homemade hamburgers with real, cut-up french fries on Saturday night. I don't think Happy Meals had been invented....yet.
  • by To Veggie Person Location: MHC on Nov 12, 2008 at 09:58 AM
    So what exactly are you supposed to do while waiting for your veggies to grow if you live in an apartment? Not like you are going to get alot out of that crop. With the apartment I live in, it only has 2 good windows for light. I would not put anything on the porch due to the hoodlums that live here. But I agree, kids need to be monitored in thier eating habits and be more active.
  • by Dwayne Location: Greenville on Nov 12, 2008 at 09:30 AM
    This mirrors the state of our nation. Children (not all) have become fast food, computer playing junkies. Living lazy and high just like their parents. Our nation has been living beyond our means making us fat, arrogant, with a sense of entitlement. Just as obesity will catch up with each child and create a host of health problems; our nations gluttony has caught up and we are now experiencing the economical, moral, and ethical devastation. Our children need to diet food. Our Congress needs to diet money.
  • by anonomous Location: NC on Nov 12, 2008 at 09:03 AM
    In my opinion, this is a form of child abuse. I think parents should be held responsible for it, just like any other form of child abuse. It should be criminal to do this to a child. Young kids are solely reliant upon their parents for obtaining their food! And parents are still responsible for older kids, with allowances, or perhaps even driving & earning their own money, until they are 18. I understand the point "Mother" is making below, about unhealthy food being cheaper & contributing to the problem, and she is right about that...BUT...it's not just eating junk that does this to a child. For a parent to blame it all on that, is a cop-out & unacceptable. It takes massive overeating & gross lack of exercise, along with consuming junk food, to reach the epic size some of these kids are. The other two things have nothing to do with the monetary struggles of the family, but they have everything to do with parental responsiblity to a child's well-being. It's child abuse!
  • by To Mother Location: Greenville on Nov 12, 2008 at 08:47 AM
    You can buy a pack of seeds for a dollar or so. Add a little elbow grease and fresh veggies, fruit... plant a tree. If you don't have a yard and live an apt. you can grow in pots in the house. There is no way you can buy veggies cheaper than you can grow your own
  • by Mother Location: MHC on Nov 12, 2008 at 06:14 AM
    If they would make fruits & veggies affordable alot more people would eat fresh foods. Problem is the frozen, canned & boxed foods are cheaper. With the economy the way it is, people are going to take the cheapest route they can. But kids do need more excercise and less sitting home playing games all day.
  • by Get some exercise Location: Greenville on Nov 12, 2008 at 05:44 AM
    Unplug the TV, game boy, computor. Send the kids out to play in the fresh air. Throw out all the junk food in the house and eat natural fresh (not boxed, canned foods) Problem solved
  • by Devil Dog Location: New Bern on Nov 12, 2008 at 04:43 AM
    If you are getting your meals thru a window(McD's),and not eating fresh vegetables and produce, your digging your grave with your teeth.
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