Childhood Obesity, Type 2 Diabetes, and Prevention

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The number of overweight children in the United States is growing at a very alarming rate. Kids are spending much less time being active, and much more time sitting in front of a TV, computer, or video-game. For this reason we are seeing an increase in children developing diseases (such as Type 2 Diabetes) that are normally associated with overweight adults. This is very troubling, especially considering that it is preventable.


So, how do you know if your child is overweight? And...What do you do?

Preventing your children from becoming overweight means adapting the way you and your family eat and exercise and the way you spend time together. Helping your children lead healthy lifestyles begins with you, the parent, and leading by example. -- read full article



A recent study also finds that children with type 2 diabetes are more likely to develop kidney disease...

Children and teens diagnosed with type 2 diabetes are five times more likely to develop kidney disease later in life than those who develop diabetes as adults, a recent study found.

The findings underscore the importance of preventing -- or at least delaying -- the onset of type 2 diabetes, doctors say. -- read full article



Tina at Public Spark has some tips for preventing childhood obesity...

I am not a nutritionist therefore cannot give you the 411 on diet, but I thought it would be interesting to take a psychological perspective on it. Obesity is a major problem that exists in our society today. If we can stop it early on, I believe that that we can decrease the problem later on. My boyfriend and I came up with some techniques that we would like to use when we have children. -- read full post

Bev from That's Fit has some tips from Bob Greene on childhood obesity...

Exercise physiologist Bob Greene, Oprah's fitness trainer, had a few things to say about combating childhood obesity while in Toronto last week. He believes parents can make a significant difference. -- read full post

Also See: Childhood Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes

Contributing Editor Catherine Morgan
also at CatherineBlogs.com and The Political Voices of Women

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