The authors express appreciation to the children and families that have made the Bogalusa Heart Study possible.
Health Consequences of Obesity†
Version of Record online: 10 NOV 2011
Copyright © 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Pediatric Blood & Cancer
Volume 58, Issue 1, pages 117–121, January 2012
How to Cite
Berenson, G. S. and for the Bogalusa Heart Study group (2012), Health Consequences of Obesity. Pediatr. Blood Cancer, 58: 117–121. doi: 10.1002/pbc.23373
- Issue online: 8 NOV 2011
- Version of Record online: 10 NOV 2011
- Manuscript Received: 6 SEP 2011
- Manuscript Accepted: 6 SEP 2011
- National Institute of Aging. Grant Number: AG-16592
- National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Grant Number: HD-061437
- American Heart Association. Grant Number: 0855082E
- National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. Grant Number: HL-38844
- coronary disease;
- Bogulasa Heart Study
Epidemiologic studies have established that cardiovascular (CV) risk factors including obesity are identifiable in childhood. Childhood risk factors are predictive of adult cardiac risk and even premature death [Franks et al. (2010) N Engl J Med 362:485–493]. In the United States, CV diseases remains the leading causes of death. In fact, heart disease has become the major cause of death worldwide, surpassing undernutrition and infectious diseases, largely related to obesity in childhood [Wang and Lobstein (2006) Int J Pediatr Obes 1:11–25]. The concept that adult heart diseases begin in childhood is an outgrowth of extensive long-term epidemiologic studies in youth, that is, the Bogalusa Heart Study [Berenson et al. (1986) Causation of cardiovascular risk factors in children: Perspectives on cardiovascular risk in early life, Raven Press Books Ltd]. Pediatr Blood Cancer 2012; 58: 117–121. © 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.