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The Effect Of Body Mass Index On Blood Pressure Varies By Race Among Children

Obesity in more severely impacts than in white children who are equally overweight, according to a new study presented at the ’s 2012 Scientific Sessions.

Researchers examined the effect of age and on blood pressure in children at an obesity clinic. While age and were similar among black and white patients, black children had significantly higher blood pressure compared to their white counterparts.

On average, the black children’s blood pressure was 8 percent higher than white children. This suggests that obesity affects blood pressure more in black children. The researchers said further research is needed to better understand this race-specific effect, as it could lead to better care and more targeted prevention strategies against high blood pressure in black children.


The study was funded by the and the Indiana University Purdue University Signature Center Initiative.
Author disclosures are on the abstracts.
American Heart Association