New study reports that one in five Americans children has high cholesterol levels, and more than 8 percent have very worrisome high cholesterol levels.

“Older children and teenagers had the worst cholesterol levels — nearly 27 percent of 16- to 19- year-olds had at least one measure of unhealthy cholesterol, the National Center for Health Statistics found. And the heavier children were more likely to have unhealthy cholesterol measures.”

“More than 43 percent of obese kids had bad cholesterol levels, the survey found.”

“While it’s not a surprise that they have more abnormalities than non-obese kids, it is pretty frightening,” said Dr. Julie Brothers, a preventive cardiologist at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, who was not involved in the study.” Read more.