Obese females are at greater risk of developing high blood pressure compared to males say experts.
According to researchers from the University of California obese teenage girls are nine times more likely to develop the condition, known as the ‘silent killer’, compared to their peers.
Whereas overweight boys are 3.5 times more likely to develop high blood pressure compared to those of normal weight.
The study of over 1,700 teenagers aged 13 to 17, revealed that obesity has a greater impact on girls’ blood pressure than it does on boys.
If left untreated the extra strain on arteries can increase the risk of a heart attack, stroke and kidney disease.
Professor Rudy Ortiz, said: ‘Overall, there is a higher likelihood that those who present with both higher BMI and blood pressure will succumb to cardiovascular complications as adults.
‘The findings suggest that obese females may have a higher risk of developing these problems than males.’
Researchers found that the teenagers’ average weight or Body Mass Index (BMI) was significantly correlated with average blood pressure for both sexes.
BMI, which measures weight against height, sates that those with a measurement of 30 or higher are considered obese.