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childhood obesity
type ii diabetes
Obesity And Diabetes Still Rising
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Obesity And Diabetes Still Rising

The CDC just released results of a study that shows diabetes still rising across the South at an alarming rate. Oklahoma tripled the diabetes rate in the fifteen year study, and Alabama, Kentucky and Georgia also had major increases. Considering the public awareness campaign on obesity in children and adults from First Lady Michelle Obama to our school hot lunch programs, one would think Americans would take steps to bring their weight down and do more to reduce the risks of Type II diabetes. Should taxes be increased on soft drinks or what can be done to get the American public to confront this growing epidemic?

Lifestyle changes need to be made now to stop the outrageous childhood obesity rates to prevent them from developing Type II diabetes, heart problems, stroke and other serious diseases that stem from being over weight. School lunch programs are being changed to provide balanced and nutritious meals, but exercise programs need to be implemented as they were when President John F. Kennedy started the physical education programs for schools. More needs to be done to combat the lack of physical exercise that kids did in the past when they played outside and rode their bikes for entertainment.

Today's society is moving at an ever-increasing pace, and as a result, we eat on the go from work to the soccer field or PTA meeting. We also tend to skip meals and this leads us to eat more when we do stop to eat. Fast food is loaded with fat and even the so-called 'healthy' choices we make are covered with cheese, sauce or dip. Fresh fruits and vegetables that offer vitamins and would help fill us up and not out are expensive to buy, last only a short time in the refrigerator and if the weather is bad during the growing season, the price is pushed up even higher. Families on tight budgets cannot afford to buy many of the healthy foods they need.

Diabetes is just one of the end results of Americans unhealthy lifestyles. The creation of medications to combat diabetes has helped those who are suffering but it does little to prevent it from occurring. The doctors and pediatricians need to stop worrying about offending people and be perfectly honest and tell them their 2-year old is over-weight and needs to be eating less fattening foods. In many ways, the politically correct environment hampers the medical community because people are not allowed to state the facts. We are paying with our lives so our feelings are not hurt.

While the debate continues on what to do about our obesity and diabetes and the ever-growing number of Americans suffering from these conditions, nothing is being done by parents to prevent this from happening to the children and we are not trying to eat healthier, exercise or reduce our intake of fat and sugar in our diets. This is just as dangerous as polio or small pox or any other epidemic that has killed thousands of people. A solution must be found, and soon.

Americans are very unhealthy and at risk of getting cancer, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and having strokes. Our children are obese at very early ages and are developing unhealthy eating habits, lack proper exercise and are at risk of developing diseases that once only occurred in adults. Technology has helped to create this monster, so it is high time that technology is used to save us from ourselves. We cannot afford to have obesity and diabetes continue to rise out-of-control. A plan of action is need and must be found soon.


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