Obese teen girls are more likely to have high blood pressure

10/16/2011 | BBC

Obese girls ages 13 and 17 were nine times more likely to experience high systolic blood pressure than were girls who are not obese, a U.S. study presented at the American Physiological Society conference found. Researchers said that obese teen boys were 3.5 times more likely to have high systolic blood pressure than were boys who are not obese. Exercise levels of boys and girls may explain the disparities in their risk of high blood pressure, said lead researcher Dr. Rudy Ortiz.

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