=== (AGENDAWATCHDOG) === Overweight teenagers are twice as likely to suffer from a stroke before they turn 50 than normal weight teens, according to a new study.
Researchers from the Hebrew University in Israel analysed the BMI and health data gathered from 1.9 million people aged between 16 to 20 in the 1980s, as well as data on whether and when they have had a stroke during follow up appointments.
They found that while overweight teens were twice as likely to suffer from a stroke by age 50, clinically obese teenagers were over three times more likely to have a stroke.
While rates of teenage obesity and stroke among adults under 50 continue to rise globally, the precise link between the two conditions is still not fully understood.
Study co-author Dr Gilad Twig said these findings underscore the importance of effective treatment and prevention of excessively high BMI during adolescence.