Florida researchers found obese children had up to 10 times the normal amount of c-reactive protein, which is linked to inflammation and heart disease. The study also showed obese children had abnormally high levels of the clotting factor fibrinogen but didn't have other, more common factors for heart disease, such as high blood pressure or cholesterol. Researchers said clinicians shouldn't wait until children show symptoms of metabolic syndrome before treating them for obesity.

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