Foodfacts.com 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.