Heart Matters

A Global Issue: Obesity and Improving Cardiovascular Health in Children

July 28, 201415 min
Hosted by: Janet Wright Guest: Nathalie Farpour-Lambert Childhood obesity is a significant health concern in the US and worldwide. How does obesity impact a child's cardiovascular function and influence future risk of heart disease? Dr. Nathalie Farpour-Lambert, head of the Pediatric Exercise Medicine and Obesity Care Program in the department of pediatrics at the University Hospitals of Geneva in Switzerland, discusses new findings about the effect of a modest amount of physical activity in improving blood pressure, arterial function and arterial wall thickness in obese children. How can clinicians overcome the biggest challenges in encouraging a healthy lifestyle for their pediatric patients?

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