Jun 20 2013, 3:24am CDT | by Luigi Lugmayr
In a study, the researchers found that the effects of unhealthy eating commence at an early age, with the tell-tale signs of cholesterol noticeable in children aged between three and five, Daily Mail reported.
The researchers looked at 1,076 pre-school children and studied the link between eating habits and serum levels of non-high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol -- a marker of later cardiovascular risk.
"Our results show that associations between eating behaviours and cardiovascular risk appear early in life and may be a potential target for early intervention," said Dr. Navindra Persaud.
"Eating behaviours as reported by parents were positively associated with serum non-HDL cholesterol levels in children aged three to five.
She said the results support previous arguments for interventions intended to improve eating behaviours of pre-school-aged children.
"To do so, evidence suggests promoting responsive feeding, where adults provide appropriate access to healthy foods and children use internal cues (not parent-directed cues or cues from the television) to determine the timing, pace and amount they consume."
The findings were published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.
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