Abnormal Cholesterol Among Children and Adolescents
Data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey
- One in five youths had high total cholesterol, low high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, or high non-HDL cholesterol.
- Prevalence of low HDL cholesterol (13.4%) was greater than high non-HDL cholesterol (8.4%) or high total cholesterol (7.4%).
- Prevalence of high total cholesterol, low HDL cholesterol, and high non-HDL cholesterol was greater in adolescents than children.
- Girls had higher prevalence than boys for high total cholesterol and high non-HDL cholesterol, but lower prevalence for low HDL cholesterol.
- Youth with obesity had greater prevalence of high total cholesterol, low HDL cholesterol, and high non-HDL cholesterol than youth of normal weight.
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a leading cause of death among adults in the United States. To improve the cardiovascular health of the U.S. population, clinical practice guidelines (1,2) recommend screening children and adolescents for risk factors associated with CVD, including abnormal blood cholesterol levels. This report provides 2011–2014 estimates from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) on the prevalence of high total cholesterol, low high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, and high non-HDL cholesterol among children and adolescents aged 6–19.
Join us for our next nutrition clinic to learn more about starting a long-term healthy lifestyle for you and your family.
“Plan, Prep, Portion and Pack”
Be prepared! We will give you the tools and teach you how to apply them so you can be successful in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. You will also learn how to make a “mason jar salad” and take one home with you.
Saturday, August 20 @ 10 am – Virginia Garden Organic Grocery Store at the Virginia Beach Farmers Market
Cost – $40 (includes supplies for mason jar salad) Only 12 seats available!