Did you know that according to the American Diabetes Association, even if the "prevalence of obesity" stabilizes through 2030, the number of diabetes cases will more than double those in2007? This is alarming, as diabetes can cause many complications
Two-thirds of us are overweight or obese. This is a huge problem. Because of this and the direction we are going, our children may be the first generation to not live as long as their parents. If we continue on this path, by 2030 over 40% of us will be obese. We'll have leap-frogged over the overweight category. And adults, it's not just us, as our children are bulking up right along with us. Overweight and obese children are also open to disease states that we think of as an adult problem. Diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, heart disease, etc. can affect people of all ages. And those of you living in other countries, don't rest easy. The obesity epidemic is a world traveler.
Some parents say they are not worried about diabetes. Just some statistics here: 26 million people in the U.S. has diabetes. Around 7 million of those don't know they have it. Approximately 79 million have prediabetes. The majority of these people will advance to diabetes. One in 400 children has diabetes and this is not necessarily type 1 diabetes. More and more children are getting type 2 diabetes, which used to be called adult-onset diabetes. We can't call it that anymore because children now get it.
So is the product of carrying too much weight on our frames simply a matter of too-tight clothes and a grimace as we pass by a mirror? Most of us know that this isn't the case. Being overweight or obese opens us up to a variety of disease states and conditions, including diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, certain cancers and more. And, unfortunately, this is not an adult-only risk. Children are susceptible as well. I see many young patients who are overweight or obese who are experiencing problems associated with their weight. A good example is diabetes. Who remembers that type 2 diabetes used to be called adult-onset diabetes? Guess what? Children now get it; thus the name change. A very alarming possibility is that if we continue on this weight gain trend, our children may be the first generation to have shorter live spans than their parents.
on Nov. 12, 2012 at 11:03 AM