Cholesterol levels in children and adolescents in the United States improved during the past two decades, according to a study released this month in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
For those ages 6 to 19, the incidence of elevated total cholesterol dropped to 8.1 percent from 2007 to 2010, compared to 11 percent from 1988 to 1994. Despite this progress, childhood obesity has not improved—climbing 43 percent from 1988 to 2010 to reach 18 percent.
Some are attributing the improved cholesterol levels to food companies reducing or eliminating trans fats from food products in recent years. McDonald’s Corp. and Starbucks are among the companies that have reduced the use of artificial trans fat, which is associated with high cholesterol and heart disease.
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