It is appalling to me that adult heart risks are being faced by overweight teens. For the most part, these heart risks and obesity are totally preventable with diet and exercise. Teens who have been participating in the Slender For Life™ weight loss hypnosis program are showing that they can lose weight and keep it off. It is also great that teens learn hypnosis and use it for academics and sports performance. Let’s work together and put an end to childhood obesity.

Overweight Teens Face Heart Risks as Adults

Study Shows Heart Risk Persists Even if a Person Loses Weight in Adulthood

WebMD Health News April 6, 2011 — Researchers have long known that overweight or obese kids are more likely to grow up to be heavy adults, and as overweight adults, to be more likely to develop significant health problems associated with excess body weight, including cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

Now a new study published in The New England Journal of Medicine has added a significant wrinkle to the problem of growing childhood girth. The study, which followed more than 37,000 teenage boys into their 30s, shows that some of the risks associated with being an overweight teenager apparently don’t go away, even if a person loses weight later in life.

Cardiovascular disease really is a pediatric illness. It begins in childhood. Even if you change your behavior, there’s still this carryover effect that being obese or overweight as an adolescent seems to really last into adult health.

In contrast with what happened with heart disease in the study, researchers found that diabetes risk could be more malleable. That is, if heavy teens lost weight as adults, their risk of getting type 2 diabetes was erased. For those who would not grow up to become overweight or obese, the risk is completely reversible.

Experts say the message of the study to parents and teens should be clear.

It’s never too early to start being healthy. Don’t wait until you’re 50 or 60 worrying about a heart attack. You really need to be concerned early on.

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