Kids' Waistlines Tell All

Published Online: Saturday, October 1, 2005

Children with expanding waistlines are more prone to insulin resistance, a condition that can lead to diabetes. Waist circumference is considered an element of metabolic syndrome (a group of heart disease and diabetes risk factors that also includes excess body weight, hypertension, high cholesterol, and high blood sugar). In a recent study, researchers weighed and measured 84 children between the ages of 6 and 13. In addition, they noted the participants' blood pressure and other health measurements.

The results of the study showed that the children's waist sizes were directly correlated with hypertension, cholesterol level, blood fats, and the risk of insulin resistance. Considering height and weight factors, the researchers determined that children with larger waistlines were still significantly more predisposed to showing signs of insulin resistance, putting them at risk for diabetes.

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