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Not only is weight loss important to end childhood obesity, but it can also help children lower their blood pressure. I frequently have talked and written about Jaimie Oliver’s food Revolution and Healthy School Meals Act of 2010 sponsored by the Physicians Committee For Responsible Medicine (PCRM) and that weight loss in Children has to be a family affair. At my Seattle weight loss and Bainbridge Island weight loss offices of Slender For Life™ I involve the whole family in helping obese kids lose weight.

Even a Little Weight Loss Helps Lower Blood Pressure in Obese Kids

This is an excerpt from the October 15, 2010 Bloomberg Business Week: For overweight children, losing just a little weight can significantly lower their blood pressure, according to researchers from Indiana University School of Medicine.

Among overweight boys, BMI had an effect on their systolic blood pressure reading that was 4.6 times the effect found among normal-weight boys. The findings were similar among girls.

High blood pressure, or hypertension, in children sets the stage for complications later in life, such as heart disease, stroke and diabetes, they noted.

In another presentation at the meeting, researchers collected blood pressure readings on more than 62,000 fifth graders from West Virginia.

The investigators found that 19.7 percent (12214) had blood pressures that were higher than normal for their sex and height.

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Families actively participate with Slender For Life™ in supporting obese kids with weight loss.  Even if you don’t have obese kids in your family, childhood obesity is a preventable national tragedy. Get involved with programs like Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution and the Physicians Committee For Responsible Medicine’s (PCRM) Healthy School Meals Act of 2010. Together, we can have healthy kids.

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