A study in the journal Hypertension revealed a 27% increased risk of high blood pressure in U.S. children aged 8 to 17 over a 13-year period. Researchers also found children with bigger waist sizes were twice as likely as their slimmer counterparts to have hypertension, while black children had a 28% greater risk of high blood pressure compared with whites. Children who had the highest salt consumption were also 36% more likely than those who had the lowest intake to have hypertension, researchers said.

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