Not many parents get concerned about poor diet and nutrition in their teenaged children, often putting it down to an adolescent phase of rebellion. However, those teenagers with a higher than normal body-mass index (BMI) are at a greater risk of succumbing to cardiovascular death in adulthood, says a new study.

Hebrew University researchers in Israel attempted to find whether high BMI among teens has any link to a greater risk of cardiovascular death at a later stage, and whether it can be conclusively associated.

To find out the results, they scoured the Israeli national database of 2.3 million 17-year-old individuals between 1967 and 2010. Further they studied the co-relation between high BMI among teens and death from coronary heart disease in adulthood. They observed an increased risk of death due to coronary heart disease among those with BMI values above 20. Even those with a ‘normal’ BMI in the range of 18.5 and 24.9 were prone to cardiovascular and all-cause mortality throughout the 40 years of following up.

As cases of childhood obesity and teenage diabetes keep increasing at an alarming rate in the world, more and more citizens are coming under the target of cardiovascular disease in the future. The urgent need is to identify health factors and put children on a fitness and diet program, that suits their lifestyle and daily routines to tackle high BMI among teens.

Other ways of tackling this delicate issue include bringing an expert such as a nutritionist or a personal trainer for exercise who would be able to specifically target the needs of teenagers. Often the way to deal with children or adolescents varies a great deal from how these experts work with adults. One of the biggest problems along the way is bringing this change in the lives of our teenagers, who may not necessarily welcome it with open arms. Highlighting cases of future heart failure due to teenaged obesity or high BMI can be a solid deterrent.

Obesity is one of the leading causes of diabetes, along with sedentary lifestyle and bad diet. Doctors say that by 2025, one-fifth of the world will be obese and thus directly in the cross-hairs of diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Thus the very cause of diabetes should be tackled at an early stage especially during childhood and during teenage.

The number of adults living with diabetes has nearly quadrupled to 422 million over 35 years, the WHO warned on World Health Day. Saritha added that effective control starts with children and some diabetes prevention or intervention program led by fitness activities.

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