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Primary school students in Bangkok have a higher risk of developing heart disease than their counterparts in other provinces as an annual survey found 66% of them were suffering from high cholesterol and 20% from obesity, a nutrition expert warned. 

Dr Chutima Sirikulchayanon, a lecturer at Mahidol University’s Faculty of Public Health, said on Thursday the survey was carried out recently in four public elementary schools in the capital as part of Thai Health Promotion Foundation's (THPF) ongoing initiative to develop school models for healthy children, Daily News newspaper reported.

Dr Chutima said the latest findings were close to the alarming results of previous surveys conducted between 2004-2006 that showed 78% of young schoolers, on average, in the capital were diagnosed with high cholesterol and 20% were obese.

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