Children 'generally score poorly on cardiovascular health measures'

15 August 2016

A new study from the US has shown that children generally do not meet accepted standards of ideal cardiovascular health.

The University of Minnesota research drew data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey and indicated that most were not meeting the American Heart Association's cardiovascular health guidelines.

It was found that around 91 per cent scored poorly on diet measures, with children between the ages of two and 19 getting the bulk of their daily calories from simple carbohydrates such as sugary desserts and beverages.

Additionally, among children aged six to 11 years old, only half of the boys and just over one-third of girls were active for the recommended 60 minutes or more per day, with these percentages falling further among those aged 16 to 19.

Dr Julia Steinberger, professor in paediatrics and director of paediatric cardiology at the University of Minnesota, said: "Instead of taking a wait-and-see approach by treating disease later in adulthood, we should help children maintain the standards of ideal cardiovascular health that most children are born with."

Posted by Edward Bartel


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