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Obesity in Children is causing High Blood Pressure

WASHINGTON -- Almost half of the obese children presenting to one behavioral weight control program had blood pressure in the hypertensive or pre-hypertensive range, according to data presented at the annual meeting of the Pediatric Academic Societies. With use of new National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute criteria for the diagnosis, evaluation, and treatment of high blood pressure, 29.2% of the 168 children involved in this study were hypertensive and 14.3% were prehypertensive, Monique Higginbotham, M.D., of Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, said in a poster presentation ...

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