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Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Teen obesity and heart disease

Teen obesity linked to heart abnormalities

By Will Boggs, MD Mon Jun 19, 2:19 PM ET

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Obesity in adolescence is associated with reduced heart function and excessive cardiac mass, according to a new study.

"Many of these kids will become hypertensive and the association of obesity with hypertension might be devastating," Dr. Giovanni de Simone from "Federico II" University Hospital School of Medicine, Naples, told Reuters Health. "This is only partially a medical problem, but a social and political problem."

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