1. buy autodesk 3ds max 2011 2. buy office for the mac 3. buy adobe photoshop cs6 for mac 4. buy autocad civil 3d 2013 5. adobe illustrator for mac 6. acrobat x standard best price 7. buy microsoft word 2013 online 8. adobe photoshop online download 9. buy os x 10.8.4 10. elements 10 best buy 11. buy autodesk 3ds max 2013 12. buy microsoft word 2013 and excel software 13. price of lightroom 5 14. mac os x server 10.8 price 15. microsoft office visio 2013 download 16. office mac 2011 home and business download 17. autocad 2014 best buy 18. buy dreamweaver cs5 19. adobe captivate 5 mac 20. buy autocad lt 2010 mac
Extended Search
Spa Industry News
Educational Articles
The Spa Menu
Learning Center


Study: Overweight Children May Become Overweight Adults

The crisis of obesity in America has reached epidemic proportions, and it's affecting everyone, even our children. Now, new research suggests that children in the upper half of their normal weight range are more likely to become overweight or obese young adults than their leaner counterparts.

Researchers recorded the height, weight and blood pressure of 314 Massachusetts children, ages 8-15 years old at baseline, between 1978 and 1981. These values were measured in the same participants eight to 12 years later. Participants averaged a mean body mass index (BMI) of 20 kg/m2 at the first childhood visit, with a "prevalence of at risk for overweight or overweight at the first childhood visit [of] 34 percent for girls and 32 percent for boys," according to the authors of the study.

Results: At follow-up, 48.3 percent of the boys and 23.5 percent of the girls were overweight or obese. High blood pressure was more prominent among the boys (12.3%) than girls (1.9%) as well. According to the authors, "Children with a BMI between the national 85th and 95th percentiles for age and gender were classified as at risk for overweight, and those with a BMI > 95th percentile were classified as overweight." BMI between the 50th and 84th percentile was considered to be at the high end of a normal weight range.

The researchers concluded, "Although very lean children are unlikely to become overweight adults, we observed that children in the upper end of the healthy weight range (e.g., 50th to 84th percentiles) are at an elevated risk of becoming overweight or obese. Furthermore, boys in the upper end of the healthy weight range are at an increased risk of becoming hypertensive. These findings suggest that future interventions to prevent adult obesity and its complications should include not only overweight children, but also children and adolescents as low as the 50th percentile of BMI for age and gender."


  • Field AE, Cook NR, Gillman MW. Weight status in childhood as a predictor of becoming overweight or hypertensive in early adulthood. Obesity Research January 2005;13(1):163-69.


To report inappropriate ads, click here.

Advertising Information | About Us | Columnists | Herb Central
Educational Articles | Link To Us | Spa Industry News
The Spa Menu | Learning Center | Site Map | Useful Links


Other MPA Media Sites:
ChiroWeb | DynamicChiropractic | ChiroFind | ToYourHealth | NutritionalWellness
ChiropracticResearchReview | AcupunctureToday | MassageToday | NaturopathyDigest | MPAMedia

Privacy Policy | User Agreement

All Rights Reserved, Spa Therapy, 2008.
Date Last Modified - Wednesday, 17-Dec-2008 12:43:00 PDT