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Obesity, Kids and Heart Disease

Here's your healthy kid alert - there's a new study showing there may be a link between childhood obesity, and heart disease.
And, the research suggests, the odds of obesity are stacked against black and hispanic kids - even before they're born!

It's a UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA study, and the kids who were most obese had signs of an inflammatory marker... which can predict future heart disease.

 They say the findings help explain disproportionately high obesity rates in minority children. The study's authors say family income is often a factor, but so are cultural customs and beliefs.
Circumstances that can increase chances of obesity include mothers smoking during pregnancy and eating and sleeping habits in infancy.

A separate study found inflammation markers in obese children as young as 3 years old.

     ***RESEARCHERS SAY  THEY NEED TO DO MORE WORK TO PROVE THE LINK WITH HEART DISEASE LATER IN LIFE.

The study is published in Pediatrics.

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