Progress and Challenges in Metabolic Syndrome in Children and Adolescents

Published: January 12, 2009

Illustration show a series of overweight young people
  • Nearly 1 in 3 children today are overweight; as the degree of obesity increases, the prevalence of metabolic syndrome increases.
  • However, in children and adolescents there is no universally accepted definition of the MetS.
  • This statement, which addresses the challenges of MetS in children and adolescents, updates the previous AHA Statement on Obesity, Insulin Resistance and Cardiovascular Risk in Children.