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Left ventricular diastolic function (LVDF) is an important marker of early cardiovascular remodelling, which has not been well summarized in young people with overweight/obesity. Weighted, random-effects regression was used to determine the strength of associations of both body mass index (BMI) and homeostatic model assessment of insulin resistance (HOMA-IR) with LVDF measures, adjusting for age and sex. Six databases were searched after PROSPERO registration (CRD42020177470) from inception to July 2020 for studies that compared LVDF between overweight/obesity and control groups aged ≤24 years, yielding 70 studies (9983 individuals). Quality and risk of bias were assessed using NHLBI tools, with scores of good, fair, and poor for 6, 48, and 16 studies, respectively. Increased BMI was associated with worse LVDF in all measures except early mitral inflow deceleration time, with septal early diastolic tissue peak velocity to late diastolic tissue peak velocity ratio having the strongest association (n = 13 studies, 1824 individuals; r = -0.69; P 

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Clin Obes

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children, diastolic function, obesity