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High-blood pressure affects more obese girls than boys

Monday, October 17, 2011
Severe high-blood pressure affects more obese teenage girls than their male counterparts, according to a new study.

Severe high-blood pressure affects more obese teenage girls than their male counterparts, according to a new study. (KABC Photo)

Severe high-blood pressure affects more obese teenage girls than their male counterparts, according to researchers from the University of California at Merced.

They studied 1700 teens up to 17 years old and found that the risk of hypertension for obese teenage girls was nine times higher than girls of normal weight.

That's compared to obese teenage boys, whose risk was three-and-a-half times higher than boys of normal weight.

Researchers say the findings suggest that obese girls may have a higher risk of developing heart problems as adults than obese boys.

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