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Risk Factors for Adult Life

Recently, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) stated that 21% of all U.S. children and teenagers have abnormal cholesterol levels. Some had LDL (bad) cholesterol levels that were too high, but many more had low levels of HDL (good) cholesterol. The long term consequences of this imbalance are heart disease and risk of stroke when these children become adults.

A strong driver of the abnormal cholesterol levels is obesity, a condition not healthy at any age. How and why are kids becoming obese? It’s no secret that many of them spend far too much time in front of the TV, computer, or hand held games. Sitting too much is a risk for them as much as it is a risk for office workers. In addition, sitting provides opportunities for snacking and healthy snacks are not often enough on the menu.

We all know how to fix the problem. Get the kids up and moving. Remove the temptation to snack on fatty or sweet snacks. Finding and keeping an ideal body weight for life starts early. Let’s set examples our kids can follow. When was the last time you got some exercise?

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