Childhood Obesity Leads to Hypertension

By: Autria Godfrey
By: Autria Godfrey

August 22, 2007

As many as one million children are estimated to have hypertension as a result of the biggest health crisis facing kids, obesity.

"If we had kids that were outside exercising like they were 50 years ago or we ate everything that we got from the farm, those types of healthy lifestyle are critically important," Dr. Bill Hammill, Pediatric Cardiologist at Martha Jefferson Hospital said.

Dr. Hammill believes one major reason for so many cases going unnoticed, treating a health risk typically associated with adults coupled with the unreliability of just one blood pressure reading.

"One of the things that we recommend is that you have to take a blood pressure 2 or 3 times on different occasions in a quiet room with a calm child," Dr. Hammill said.

If undiagnosed, the long term risks could be deadly. High blood pressure leads to heart disease, the number one killer in America.

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