5 Oct, 15 | by BMJ
NEJM 1 Oct 2015 Vol 373
1307 What will happen to all the overweight children and young adults we see around us? The honest answer is that nobody knows. There has never been such a generation before in human history, and it is entirely possible that during the next decade or two they will all be rendered thin by some miraculous new intervention. Measuring their “cardiometabolic risk factors” doesn’t really get us much further. Here is a cross-sectional analysis of data from overweight or obese children and young adults 3 to 19 years of age who were included in the US National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey from 1999 through 2012. Although there is a general association between the degree of obesity the risks of a low HDL cholesterol level, high systolic and diastolic blood pressures, and high triglyceride and glycated haemoglobin levels, it doesn’t get very strong except among the most severely obese, especially males.