U.S. researchers followed more than 1,100 teens for 27 years and found that those who were obese were four times more likely than normal weight peers to have adult hypertension and that even overweight teens were at greater risk. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill professor Myles Faith said tracking a child's BMI is important and that there is "good evidence that family treatments for childhood obesity can improve BMI and can improve blood pressure in adolescents."

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