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The World in Medicine
April 9, 2003

Obesity-Hypertension Link in Children?

JAMA. 2003;289(14):1774. doi:10.1001/jama.289.14.1774-a

The growing obesity epidemic may be responsible for an unexpected increase in the number of children with hypertension, according to new research presented last month at the American Heart Association's Annual Conference on Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology and Prevention by researchers from McGill University School of Medicine in Montreal, Quebec.

The researchers conducted a school-based survey of children and adolescents (ages 9, 13, and 16 years) in Quebec that gathered information on lifestyle and sociodemographic variables. They also measured height, weight, blood pressure, and body fat, and calculated body mass index (BMI) for nearly 3600 of the participants.

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