Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

7/18/2013 (1 year ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Children, young adults who are overweight should be especially mindful of consequences

According to a new study, there is an even more compelling reason for obese children and young adults to lose weight. People who are obese for a longer time in their 20s, 30s and 40s are at an increased risk of developing hardened plaque in their arteries. This unseen killer is largely responsible for stroke and heart attack later in life.

According to a new study, there is an even more compelling reason for obese children and young adults to lose weight.

According to a new study, there is an even more compelling reason for obese children and young adults to lose weight.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

7/18/2013 (1 year ago)

Published in Health

Keywords: Obesity, arterial plaque, overweight, diabetes, heart attack, stroke


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - "This is important because with the obesity epidemic people are becoming obese at a younger age than in previous generations, and they are spending a longer period of their life with obesity," the study's lead author Jared Reis says. Reis is an epidemiologist in the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute's division of cardiovascular sciences.

"This is one of the first studies to show that a longer duration of obesity independently contributes to hardened plaque in the arteries, which is sometimes called silent heart disease because there are no symptoms," he says.

That's why those who are overweight earlier in life must take special care to eat right and lose weight. "If we had to target one particular group of Americans for the treatment of obesity, we certainly want to work on children and young adults," Cardiologist Mariell Jessup, president of the American Heart Association, says.

"If we don't tackle obesity in these young people, there will be an epidemic of coronary artery disease just like there is currently an epidemic of obesity," Jessup adds.

About a third of adults in this country are obese, which is roughly 35 or more pounds over a healthy weight. Obesity increases the risk of many diseases including type 2 diabetes, heart disease and some types of cancer.

Reis and colleagues analyzed data from about 3,300 white and African-American adults who were followed for 25 years. Participants were ages 18 to 30 when they began the study in the mid-1980s, around the start of the U.S. obesity epidemic.

Among the findings, researchers found --

-- For every year the young adults were obese, their risk of developing hardened plaque increased by two percent to four percent. This was independent of the participants' age, sex, race, socio-economic status, BMI, waist circumference, smoking, physical activity level, diet and alcohol consumption, Reis says.

-- People who had the longest duration of obesity and abdominal obesity were at a greater risk of developing high blood pressure and high cholesterol, as well as had higher rates of type 2 diabetes and were more likely to use lipid-lowering medications and high blood pressure medications.

The reason obesity duration is associated with an increased risk of calcified plaque may be due to the fact that fat is "metabolically active and leads to increases in inflammation, which plays a critical role in the development and progress of atherosclerosis," Reis says.

Atherosclerosis is the term for the process of fatty substances, cholesterol, cellular waste products, calcium and fibrin building up in the inner lining of an artery, commonly known as plaque.

Jessup adds, "If there is inflammation in the lining of the coronary arteries, the body attempts to heal that area and may subsequently develop plaque as a way of healing. It's not healthy healing, but that's how it heals."

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copywriter 2015 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for May 2015
Universal:
That, rejecting the culture of indifference, we may care for our neighbours who suffer, especially the sick and the poor.
Evangelization: That Mary's intercession may help Christians in secularized cultures be ready to proclaim Jesus.


Rosaries, Crosses, Prayer Cards and more... by Catholic Shopping .com


Comments


More Health

Brain reset: Scientists uncover unusual way to get rid of brain disorders Watch

Image of

By Atarah Haely (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

By implanting special cells that emit GABA into the brains of adult mice scientists found a way to cure certain brain disorders, like lazy eye. Initially an almost impossible endeavor, the experiment led a team of scientists to a way to reset the brain and basically ... continue reading


Health in the United States: Which cities are the healthiest? Watch

Image of

By Nikky Andres (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The American College of Sports Medicine has recently released their 2015 American Fitness Index, naming the top three fittest and the least fit cities in the entire United States. MUNTINLUPA, PHILIPPINES (Catholic Online) -  Among the thousands of cities surveyed ... continue reading


Nebraska orders STATE OF EMERGENCY over H5N2 avian flu virus Watch

Image of

By Nikky Andres (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A type of avian flu, and unfortunately the most lethal to hit the United States, has posed several concerns for farmers and scientists. So far, the H5N2 strain of the bird flu virus has already killed 15,000 turkeys in Minnesota alone. Now, over 33 million birds in 16 ... continue reading


Why a handshake just might save your life Watch

Image of Handshakes may be able to determine your risk for heart disease or other illnesses.

By Matt Waterson (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Are you worried about a heart attack or stroke? Well there may be an easy way to tell if you are at greater risk for either of these diseases, are near death or seriously ill, and you don't need anything more than a hand and a partner. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic ... continue reading


Are you afraid of needles? Scientist believes he found way to reduce injection pain Watch

Image of

By Nikky Andres (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A lot of people, the young and old alike, are really frightened of getting injections, even just the thought of it. The good news is that scientists have discovered a simple answer. MUNTINLUPA, PHILIPPINES (Catholic Online) - Spanish scientists believe that holding ... continue reading


Woman gives shocking birth to baby born with bladder outside of body Watch

Image of

By Hannah Raissa Marfil (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Born with a rare congenital defect, Baby Lila underwent a unique surgery, shortly after she was born with her bladder outside the body. This defect was detected when the doctor couldn't find her bladder in a sonogram conducted during the 22-week prenatal appointment. ... continue reading


What do healthy people eat for breakfast? 11 healthy breakfast choices from dietitians and experts Watch

Image of

By Nikky Andres (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

What we eat in the mornings have an effect on our energy levels throughout the day. Here, registered dietitians, personal trainers, health editors and nutritionists, suggest healthy breakfasts for a healthy morning start, with some help from BuzzFeed. MUNTINLUPA, ... continue reading


NOT-SO HAPPY PILLS: Half a million patients die every year from psychiatric drugs Watch

Image of Professor Peter Gotzsche, research director at Denmark's Nordic Cochrane Center says the use of most antidepressants and dementia drugs could be discontinued without harm.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A Danish scientist has come forward to proclaim that mood enhancers, "happy pills" and other psychiatric drugs are frequently deadly - killing half a million people a year. Furthermore, he says that these medications are usually ineffective - not producing the ... continue reading


British man discovers shocking and disturbing item in phlegm he coughed out Watch

Image of

By Nikky Andres (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A man from Britain woke up to a very unlikely and disgusting surprise. After waking up, the man felt as though he had to let out a cough due to the "large phlegm ball" he was feeling inside. To his surprise, he found something completely more nauseating than mucus. ... continue reading


Good Morning America's Robin Roberts speaks on her near death medical experiences Watch

Image of

By Talia Ramos (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

After bravely beating breast cancer, Good Morning America host Robin Roberts developed a myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) that nearly claimed her life after a bone marrow transplant in 2012. She recalled her near death story and how she was saved by the pleas of a nurse ... continue reading


All Health News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Acts 25:13-21
13 Some days later King Agrippa and Bernice arrived ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 103:1-2, 11-12, 19-20
1 [Of David] Bless Yahweh, my soul, from the depths ... Read More

Gospel, John 21:15-19
15 When they had eaten, Jesus said to Simon Peter, ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for May 22nd, 2015 Image

St. Rita
May 22: St. Rita was born at Spoleto, Italy in 1381. At an early age, ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter