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Lower heart risk for children who shed weight by adolescence

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Children with a high body mass index between age nine and 12 are more likely to have high blood pressure, cholesterol and blood insulin levels by the time they reach adolescence, researchers in Bristol have concluded.

However, the researchers found children who shed the weight by adolescence improved their cardiovascular risk, compared with those who remain overweight.

The findings, published online in the BMJ, are based on a cohort study of 5,235 children.

Researchers assessed BMI, waist circumference and fat mass between the ages of nine and 12 and CVD risk factors age 15-16.

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