Normal-weight children who became overweight or obese over 2.5 years had a 57% and 87% higher risk of developing prehypertension and hypertension, respectively, compared with peers who managed to maintain their weight, a study showed. Children who remained obese during the study period were twice as likely to develop prehypertension and four times as likely to develop hypertension. The findings were presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies meeting.
Excess weight gain in childhood may raise hypertension risk
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