Weight loss ‘can reduce high blood pressure in children’
Children with a higher than normal body mass index (BMI) can reduce their risk of developing high blood pressure by losing weight, a study has suggested.
Researchers from the Hospital Clinico Universitario Santiago in Spain studied the effects of BMI increases in both overweight children and those of a normal weight.
They found that a BMI increase in already overweight children creates the risk of a far greater rise in blood pressure than the same increase in BMI would cause in normal-weight children.
"It is very important for everyone … to understand the significant cardiovascular risk caused by childhood obesity, and the simple fact that weight reduction and exercise can have a major and positive impact," said Professor Jose Ramon Gonzales-Juanatey from the Hospital Clinico Universitario Santiago.
Food scientists at the Florida State University recently revealed that watermelon, as well as being a good low-calorie snack for those on a diet, can reduce blood pressure in prehypertensive people.
Is your child overweight? If so, how are you going to go about tackling this problem?