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Adolescents' poor health behaviors raise risk of heart disease as adults
Date:4/1/2013

s than 50 percent of the adolescents had five or more acceptable levels of the health factors (45 percent boys and 50 percent girls).

  • Less than 1 percent of boys and girls reached ideal healthy diet levels.

  • Forty-four percent of the girls and 67 percent of the boys reached ideal physical activity levels.

  • Two-thirds of adolescents had ideal BMI levels, 67 percent for girls compared to 66 percent for boys.

  • One-third of adolescents had total cholesterol levels in intermediate or poor ranges.

    One encouraging finding is that the majority of boys and girls had never smoked a cigarette or didn't try to smoke one within the past 30 days of two interviews during the five-year study.

    "The status of heart health during childhood has been shown to be a strong predictor of heart health in adulthood," Shay said. " Members of the medical and scientific community, parents, teachers and legislators all need to focus their efforts on the prevention and improvement of all aspects of cardiovascular health particularly optimal physical activity levels and diet as early in life as possible, beginning at birth."


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  • Contact: Karen Astle
    Karen.Astle@heart.org
    214-706-1392
    American Heart Association
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