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A new study has found that obese children and teens have a three times greater risk of developing high blood pressure than their slimmer peers. These findings were especially pronounced in kids who gained weight and became obese, or in children who stayed obese for the duration of the three-year study.
Data from the study included more than 100,000 children and teens living in Minnesota, Colorado, and California. The participants ranged from 3-17 years old. During the study, 0.3% of the participants developed high blood pressure. For older children over the age of 12, the odds of developing high blood pressure when going from overweight to obese more than tripled when compared to their slimmer peers.
These findings were published in Pediatrics on February 27, 2016.