New study shows children who are overweight or obese may face problems with brain development, especially if they have risk factors for metabolic syndrome.
Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of problems that set the stage for diabetes and heart disease.
Risks for metabolic syndrome include:
- Belly fat
- High levels of blood fats called triglycerides
- Insulin resistance or prediabetes
- High blood pressure
- Low level of "good" HDL cholesterol
Children with metabolic syndrome scored 10% lower on mental tasks that are important for learning, he says. The findings appear in Pediatrics.
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