Study finds many U.S. children with poor cardiovascular health
Approximately 91 percent of children in the U.S. have poor diets, which contributes to their overall poor cardiovascular health. Most American children eat low-nutrition, high-calorie foods instead of healthy foods like vegetables, fruits, fish, whole grains and more.
In light of this research, health experts believe that they should begin encouraging people to develop good heart health from birth. It is important to be more proactive about health, taking action before a problem arises rather than trying to resolve a serious health concern after it begins.
Children with healthy cardiovascular systems don’t use tobacco; have vigorous or moderate physical activity for at least 60 minutes each day; eat healthy nutrition; keep a healthy body weight; and maintain healthy blood pressure, cholesterol and blood glucose levels.
“Instead of taking a wait-and-see approach by treating disease later in adulthood, we should help children maintain the standards of ideal cardiovascular health that most children are born with,” Dr. Julia Steinberger, lead author of the statement and director of pediatric cardiology at the University of Minnesota, said.