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Kids and Fat | noticed a report indicating that a risk of heart disease in one-fifth of U.S. teenagers was identified through tests of lipids in the blood, showing the importance of diet and exercise — and not spending nearly eight hours a day in front of screens.

Obese children were at the highest danger of abnormal levels, with 43% testing outside the recommended ranges, according to a report last week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.

The results were based on blood tests taken from 3,125 children ages 12-19 from 1999 to 2006.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends lipid testing for overweight children. Based on those guidelines, a third of children should get their lipids tested, the CDC study found.

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