Kids, Teens, and Weight ( Diabetes )

Kids, Teens, and Weight ( Diabetes )

Almost half of American children and teens are overweight. Recently, there has also been a dramatic increase in type 2 diabetes among these children. Environmental changes are mostly to blame for this epidemic. Every day, children are bombarded with food advertising and have fewer opportunities for physical activity than in the past. Kids will gain lots of weight if they watch too much TV or play computer games for more than two hours a day, drink lots of sugary beverages, eat large portions of snack foods, or eat under stress.

The United States government and volunteer health organizations, including the American Diabetes Association (ADA), are working to reduce obesity through research and public health campaigns. The government is also making an effort to change the way foods are packaged and marketed to children, but parents and children need to make some changes, too. Parents can better control the amount of time kids spend in front of the TV, while kids can participate in after-school recreation programs. And there’s one thing that everyone can do: Stop bad eating habits, like overindulging in fast foods and soft drinks.

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