The American Academy of Pediatrics estimates that under the current guidelines, thirty per cent of the nation’s children are overweight or obese. Many doctors fear that a rash of early heart attacks and diabetes will strike these children as they grow older.
The nation’s pediatricians are therefore recommending wider cholesterol screening for children – starting at age two – and more aggressive use of cholesterol-lowering drugs starting as early as eight years of age in hopes of preventing adult heart problems.
Because statins (cholesterol drugs) have been around since only the mid-1980s, there really is no evidence to show whether giving statins to children will, indeed, lower the risk for heart attack in middle age.
The main problem is that we live in a culture which is largely hooked into electronic entertainment and spend too much time feeding one end and not moving the other.