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NEW YORK (AP) -- Two reports in Thursday's New England Journal of Medicine suggest that obese children face more heart disease risks as adults.
A U.S. study indicates the rate of heart disease could be 16 percent higher for today's teens because of the extra pounds they're carrying around.
And Danish researchers have documented a connection between excess weight in even younger kids and heart disease in adults, especially boys. Doctor David Ludwig of Children's Hospital Boston says there has never been a generation so heavy from so early in life, adding the consequences are "unprecedented and unknown."
The lead author of the U.S. study, Doctor Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, says if nothing is done to reduce obesity in children the health consequences will be "quite dramatic."
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