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Fat Tweens Study says girls more at risk of getting fat in the tween years than later

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WASHINGTON - Doctors say the time between the ages of nine and 12 seems to be a "particularly vulnerable period" for girls.

That's because girls are more likely to become overweight in those years than they are as teenagers, according to a new study in The Journal of Pediatrics.

The research highlights possible health problems of tweens who gain too much weight. Blood pressure and cholesterol levels could go up. And an overweight child is ten times more likely to become an overweight adult.

Other research has shown that children pick up poor eating habits and become less physically active in the tween years.

The study of tween girls did not examine boys to know whether they face a similar risk.

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