As parents, we all worry about our children's nutrition. We can't be with them all the time, so how can we help them know what is health and to eat well?
We have watched with dismay in the last 30 years as the rates of childhood obesity more than doubled in children and tripled in adolescents. Now we find there is more to this story.
Hypertension in children and adolescents is a growing health problem. In children and adolescents who are three to 18 years old, the combined rate of prehypertension is 7 percent, while the rate in adolescents who are obese is greater than 30 percent in boys and 23 to 30 percent in girls. High blood pressure in childhood commonly leads to hypertension in adulthood, the leading cause of premature death around the world.