Children’s cholesterol levels are on the rise

Child running
Active play, like getting outside and running around, has long-term benefits for kids.
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The American College of Cardiology released a new study saying kids’ cholesterol is creeping up to unhealthy levels. Researchers studied 12,000 children between the ages of nine and 11 and found that one-third had borderline or abnormal cholesterol levels. These findings are linked to obesity, diet, activity level and blood fats and show that changes need to be made in what kids eat and how active they are.

According to the researchers, parents need to make a healthy diet and encouraging more active play a priority or the effects will be devastating. High cholesterol can lead to obesity and heart attacks down the road, as adults. There have been numerous studies showing that childhood health is a strong predictor of what is to come later in life. For that reason, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends having your child’s cholesterol checked regularly so you know if changes need to be made.

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