A child's diet at the age of three could determine its risk of heart disease as an adult, researchers say.
A study found that the effects of unhealthy eating begin at an early age, with the tell-tale signs of cholesterol noticeable in children aged between three and five. This suggests interventions to protect health could start much earlier, say the researchers, from St Michael's Hospital in Toronto.They looked at 1,076 preschool children and studied the link between eating habits and serum levels of non-high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol - a marker of later cardiovascular risk'Our results show that associations between eating behaviours and cardiovascular risk appear early in life and may be a potential target for early intervention,' said Dr Navindra Persaud. 'Eating behaviours as reported by parents were positively associated with serum non-HDL cholesterol levels in children aged three to five. The association between the eating behaviours subscore and serum non-HDL cholesterol persisted after controlling for age, sex, birth weight, parental BMI, gestational diabetes and parental ethnicity.'
Source - Daily Mail