obese children are at greater risk for cardiovascular disease.
Children who have high cholesterol are likely to continue to have high cholesterol well into adulthood. It's important to start treating the issue and promoting a healthier lifestyle early. New information garnered from NHANES data are meant to improve upon the current guidelines which don't account as fully for age. Currently, cholesterol screening is recommended for adolescents who have risk factors such as a parent with high cholesterol, a family history of early heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, or tobacco use. In April 2008, The U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute is expected to release new medical guidelines for cholesterol screening for children and teens.