Fewer U.S. teens smoking, doing drugs, and drinking milk

Kids have shifted from a dairy product rich in calcium and vitamin D to beverages laden with sugar and caffeine, which is likely contributing to the nation’s obesity problem, said Barry Popkin, a University of North Carolina researcher who studies how diets change.

“This is not a healthy trend for our long-term health,” he said.

Read the AP source article here.


Childhood obesity quadruples risk of developing type 2 diabetes- ScienceDaily

Children with obesity face four times the risk of developing type 2 diabetes compared to children with a body mass index (BMI) in the normal range, according to a study published in the Journal of the Endocrine Society.

Source: Childhood obesity quadruples risk of developing type 2 diabetes: Large-scale UK study examines link between body mass index, metabolic health — ScienceDaily

I’m screwed again.

AAP Offers First Clinical Guidance for DM2

Up to one in three new diabetes cases diagnosed in people younger than 18 is type 2 diabetes, noted the AAP in its clinical guidelines. Health experts link the growing prevalence of this condition among youths to the rising prevalence of childhood obesity.

Seventeen percent of children and adolescents in the U.S., or 12.5 million people, age 2 to 19 are obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Since 1980, the prevalence of obesity in this age group has nearly tripled, the CDC says.

via AAP offers first clinical guidance for type 2 diabetes – amednews.com.

More Scary Stuff

Most people who know me know I’m fairly diligent about exercise and diet.  They also know I enjoy my glass of anti-platelet aggregation liquid in the evening.  But most who know me, don’t know I used to weigh 350 pounds.  I lost my weight back in the 70’s (that’s 19 not 18 70’s).  So it pains me to read an article like this.  The sample size may be small, but the results do not surprise me nor are they encouraging regarding the current health of our kids and the future health status of these guys when they grow up.

Check out this scary stuff.  The future of underwriting looks bright.

Child Obesity Seen as Warning of Heart Disease – NYTimes.com