Cardiovascular risk factors are climbing in teens
The standard American diet has begun to do its damage on our children, placing them at much higher risk of chronic diseases than previous generations. New data published this week from a survey of thousands of U.S. teenagers has reported sobering news about the health of our nation’s young people.
They found that 49% of overweight teenagers and 37% of normal-weight teenagers had one or more risk factors for cardiovascular disease, including diabetes, high LDL cholesterol, and hypertension: Twenty-three percent of teens are prediabetic or diabetic – this number has more doubled in the past ten years. Twenty-two percent of teens have high or borderline high LDL cholesterol levels. Fourteen percent of teens have hypertension or prehypertension.1
Another recent study, which followed U.S. children for 24 years, found that found that childhood obesity was the greatest risk factor for premature death due to chronic disease.2
Children in our society become addicted to junk food at a young age and begin to show cardiovascular risk factors as teenagers. It takes a great deal of effort to derail these bad habits once they are established. Parents are the ones primarily responsible for what their children are eating. Our goal should be to instill healthy habits in our children early on so that they grow up at a healthy weight, appreciate healthy food and exercise, and hold on to those habits as adults.
A nutrient-rich diet style during childhood is the most powerful weapon against future cardiovascular disease, cancer, and autoimmune disorders. It also keeps the immune system working properly, increasing children’s resistance to common illnesses like asthma, ear infections, and allergies.
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1. May AL, Kuklina EV, Yoon PW. Prevalence of Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors Among US Adolescents, 1999-2008. Pediatrics 2012;129:1035.
2. Franks PW, Hanson RL, Knowler WC, et al. Childhood obesity, other cardiovascular risk factors, and premature death. N Engl J Med 2010;362:485-493.