Deborah De Santis-Moniaci Ph.D. Assistant Director, Kids Weight Down Program Clinical Psychology. Maimonides Infants & Children's Hospital of Brooklyn
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Male Speaker: American Academy of Pediatrics is now recommending cholesterol testing, probably kids above six years and above, probably because it goes hand to hand with the obesity problem. But if you kept the kid's weight down, providing that no adults had died at early age or some other things, you probably have a very small risk at that particular age group, but if they are obese and there is some family history, big red flag. Is that true? Female Speaker: Absolutely! We are seeing, again, kids coming in younger and younger who are showing signs of very high triglycerides, total cholesterol. So we are very concerned about this. We can help these guys, again, early on, we are really seeing that their numbers can go down significantly. Male Speaker: So in other words, being obese leads to, we all know, Type 2 Diabetes, problems of cholesterol, which means heart disease, probably going to lead to strokes down the road because the vessels are not in good shape, you are going to get clots and who knows what else you are going to get for it. So there is a lot of reasons not to do it. There is another reason, healthcare costs go through the roof. Heart disease, cholesterol, drugs are not inexpensive, they are $200-$300 a month. In fact, it just came out saying that the statins do a lot of other things that prolong someone's life of heart disease, unrelated to even may be -- potentially with the cholesterol. Drug companies like to hear that, but we have to pay healthcare premium, so get the cost of healthcare down, keep your weight down. It sort of goes hand in hand, is that true? Female Speaker: Absolutely, absolutely.