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Childhood obesity may lead to hypertension later in life, according to a study published online in Pediatrics. Researchers followed BMI and blood pressure readings for 101,606 participants aged 3 to 17 from various health care providers for about three years. Those who became obese or remained obese were three times more likely to develop hypertension than those who maintained a healthy weight. This study demonstrates the effect of early weight gain on other chronic diseases during a short time period and stressed the importance of preventive strategies.

Parker ED, Sinaiko AR, Kharbanda EO, et al. Change in weight status and development of hypertension. Pediatrics. Published online February 19, 2016.