What is Known:
• Galectin-3 has been linked to obesity and been proposed to be a novel biomarker for cardiovascular disease in adults.
• Information on this subject in children is very scarce.
What is New:
• The present study demonstrates a relationship between galectin-3 levels and total body fat, abdominal fat, body fat distribution, cardiac size and geometry, and increase in total body fat over 2 years in young children.