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What is the link between childhood obesity and metabolic syndrome?

Children with extra weight are at risk of developing abnormal lipids (high triglycerides and blood cholesterol), high blood pressure, and insulin resistance. When these factors cluster together, the result is a condition called metabolic syndrome, which is a precursor to stroke, diabetes, heart disease, and kidney disease. Studies suggest that metabolic syndrome is present in 12% of all children in the U.S. and up to 30% of obese children.

From Good Kids, Bad Habits: The RealAge Guide to Raising Healthy Children by Jennifer Trachtenberg.

Good Kids, Bad Habits: The RealAge Guide to Raising Healthy Children

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