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Obesity in ChildrenObesity as common comorbidity in children with congenital and acquired heart disease Obesity as common comorbidity in children with congenital and acquired heart disease. As if they needed more aggravation, children with congenital or acquired heart disease face an additional ardiovascular risk. Study published in the Electronic Pages of the current issue of Pediatrics (November 2007), by Pinto et al., in 2921 outpatients, 1523 of them had a heart disease. Of those, 25 % were obese or overweight. In the majority of cases, the pediatric cardiologist failed to document obesity or overweight, or offer any counseling.