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Kids’ Girth Could Signal CV Health

With the growing rate of childhood obesity, healthcare practitioners say it’s not too early to identify children who may be at risk for heart disease as they age. Researchers at the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute examined data from 4667 children, ages 6 to 17, and found that their waist size correlated with risk factors for heart disease while the current screening method of determining body mass index did not. "This study suggests pediatricians add their waist measurements to their routine screening of children to help determine the risk of heart-related disorders," says lead author. Dr. Gangadarshni Chandramohan who added that measuring a child’s girth is a simple, cost-effective and valid method of screening for the risk of CV disease.

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