Elevated blood pressure in overweight and obese Irish children
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The Irish childhood obesity epidemic, one of the highest ranking internationally, represents a major threat to public health. We sought to perform a retrospective observational study of a clinic based cohort of obese Irish children.
Clinical data relating to gender, age, height, weight, body mass index and blood pressure were analysed, from 206 children referred to a paediatric endocrine referral centre over a 15-year period for assessment of obesity.
Younger patients tended to have a higher standardised body mass index at initial presentation; 92% of boys and 96% of girls referred were obese (age-related BMI ≥ 95th percentile). Boys (51%) and girls (49%) had initial blood pressure measurements in the hypertensive range. There was a correlation between the degree of obesity and systolic blood pressure, particularly in boys.
Obese Irish children present with significant long-term health risks, including hypertension at baseline.
- Elevated blood pressure in overweight and obese Irish children
Irish Journal of Medical Science
Volume 177, Issue 4 , pp 379-381
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- 1. Metabolic Research Unit, Hospital 5, St James’s Hospital, Dublin 8, Ireland
- 2. Medical Research Council Epidemiology Unit, Institute of Metabolic Science, Cambridge, UK
- 3. Department of Endocrinology and Diabetes Mellitus, Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin, Dublin 12, Ireland