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Australia: Child obesity study results shock researchers

Children have the first signs of chronic disease

According to the ABC, NSW researcher Michael Booth has found that thousands of Australian school children already have the first signs of chronic diseases because of their weight.

A study of 500 NSW year 10 students uncovered alarming levels of insulin and a protein implicated in heart disease:

  • More than one in five students had high levels of insulin, putting them at risk of diabetes
  • Ten per cent of students had elevated levels of a protein linked to heart disease
  • Ten per cent had raised cholesterol levels, which are also a risk for heart disease
  • Ten per cent of boys and five  per cent of girls had sustained liver damage

 The full report will be released later this year by the NSW Centre for Overweight and Obesity.

Source: ABC news online, 30 Aug 2005

Published on August 30, 2005 in Australian news