A new study funded by the National Institute of Health says too much salt and childhood obesity has created a generation at great risk of cardiovascular disease, organ damage, heart attacks and strokes
The percentage of American children and adolescents ages 8 to 17 who have high blood pressure — a risk factor for heart disease, organ damage, heart attacks and strokes — climbed 27% over 13 years, according to researchers from Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Joanna Dolgoff, a child obesity expert pediatrician and Medical Director at Camp Shane, the New York state summer weight loss camp for children, states that she sees elevated blood pressure in many of her young patients who are attending Camp Shane this summer. Kids are developing high blood pressure because they are eating foods that are full of sodium.
“Kids eat far too much sodium,” says the study’s co-author Dr. Stephen Daniels, chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. “And they aren’t adding it at the table, and their parents aren’t putting it into food; they’re getting it through processed foods.”
Dr. Patrick McBride, professor of medicine at the University of Wisconsin school of Medicine and Public Health agrees. “It’s […]