Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Youth from Low Income Families Have Higher Prevalence of Heart Disease Risk Factors

According to a recent news release from the Emory School of Public Health, a recent study showed that youth between the ages of 6-17 from low-income families have an approximately 50% higher likelihood of being obese, centrally obese (belly fat), and sedentary when compared to those within the same age group in the highest-income households. In addition, they are twice as likely to be exposed to harmful levels of tobacco, either through use or exposure to secondhand smoke.

You can learn more by reading this article, "Household Income and Cardiovascular Disease Risks in U.S. Children and Young Adults," available online. It will be published in an upcoming issue of Diabetes Care.

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