According to Dr Lydia Hazam:childhood obesity is already the leading cause of sustained high blood pressure in children. I was reading an article were it was stated that 1 out of 2 children will develop heart disease, and that by 12,70% of all american children have developed beginning stages of hardening of the arteries.
The American Heart Association states that among American children ages 2-19, the following are overweight or obese, using the 95th percentile or higher of body mass index (BMI) values on the CDC 2000 growth chart:
For non-Hispanic whites, 31.9 percent of males and 29.5 percent of females.
For non-Hispanic blacks, 30.8 percent of males and 39.2 percent of females.