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OVERWEIGHT AND OBESE CHILDREN

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  • Rates of obesity are climbing among Children.
  • The percentage of children who are overweight has doubled in the last 20 years.
  • Childhood obesity is on the rise. Nearly 20 percent of U.S. children are obese. Three decades ago, that number was only about 7 percent.
  • Baby fat is something children are supposed to outgrow, not grow into.
  • At one time, an overweight child was more the exception than the rule. But these days, the number of obese children in the United States is increasing at an alarming rate.
  • The analysis of more than 15,000 young people in the United States found about a third of the cases of depression and obesity among those teens could be attributed to being from families with low incomes.
  • The struggle to develop good eating habits among toddlers, preschoolers and older children seems never-ending. But encouraging children to eat right doesn\’t require battle, just some common sense.
  • Do you know how much exercise your kids get? If you take their word for it, you may not have the full story.
  • Children overestimate their activity levels, according to the Harvard School of Public Health. In one study, 45 students ages 11 to 13 wore monitors for two four-day trials. Then researchers checked that data against kids\’ verbal reports. The result? Students said they did more moderate and vigorous activity than they really did.
  • “Many parents overestimate the amount of exercise their kids are getting,” says Janet Silverstein, M.D., a pediatrician who focuses on endocrinology (which includes the study of growth and metabolism). “It’s important for parents to be aware of how much exercise their kids are getting so they can make adjustments.”

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CAN LIFESTYLE CHANGE PREVENT OR CURE TYPE 2 DIABETES?

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  • Dealing with the onslaught of diabetes in the American population is one the nation’s most pressing health challenges. The growing prevalence of T2DM will stress the medical care system, increase spending and utilization intensity, and may well lead to an increase in heart disease rates.
  • Lifestyle change must play a central role in T2DM prevention and treatment strategies\r\nSuccessfully managing the diabetes crisis requires acknowledging that it is primarily (in the case of Type 2 DM), a disorder of lifestyle. Insulin resistance in aging adults stems in large part from physical inactivity and injudicious eating habits that lead to weight gain and disordered glucose metabolism.\r\n It is possible to normalize HBA1C levels in adults using evidence-based physical activity strategies and eating habits. Stabilizing this critical measure of long-term glucose control is an essential step in eventually helping people reduce the intensity of their medical care utilization, and, thus, lower the amount of money spent on their medical care needs.
  • An essential, but often overlooked, element in ameliorating the impact of T2DM on the US’s medical care system is engaging at-risk adults in the process of lifestyle change.
  • Without meaningful, evidence-based lifestyle change, there is virtually no hope of stemming the tidal wave of spending and adverse quality of life impacts that will come over the next two decades as a result of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus.


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  • Dealing with the onslaught of diabetes in the American population is one the nation’s most pressing health challenges.

  • The growing prevalence of T2DM will stress the medical care system, increase spending and utilization intensity, and may well lead to an increase in heart disease rates.

  • Lifestyle change must play a central role in T2DM prevention and treatment strategies.

  • Successfully managing the diabetes crisis requires acknowledging that it is primarily (in the case of Type 2 DM), a disorder of lifestyle.

  • Insulin resistance in aging adults stems in large part from physical inactivity and injudicious eating habits that lead to weight gain and disordered glucose metabolism.

  • It is possible to normalize HBA1C levels in adults using evidence-based physical activity strategies and eating habits. Stabilizing this critical measure of long-term glucose control is an essential step in eventually helping people reduce the intensity of their medical care utilization, and, thus, lower the amount of money spent on their medical care needs.

  • An essential, but often overlooked, element in ameliorating the impact of T2DM on the US’s medical care system is engaging at-risk adults in the process of lifestyle change.

  • Without meaningful, evidence-based lifestyle change, there is virtually no hope of stemming the tidal wave of spending and adverse quality of life impacts that will come over the next two decades as a result of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus.



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THE CASE FOR LIFESTYLE INTERVENTION

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  • The greatest improvements in public health in the U.S. will be made by helping individuals adopt and maintain healthier lifestyles. This would include avoidance of tobacco, a healthier, simpler diet, and more consistent physical activity.

  • Chronic diseases, such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, stroke, and diabetes, are responsible for most deaths in the United States.

  • Approximately 70-90% of  deaths in the USA are estimated to be caused by poor nutrition, sedentary living, and tobacco use and are largely preventable.

  • 23% of adults smoke, 77% fail to consume a healthy diet, and 78% are at elevated health risk because they fail to get enough physical activity.

  • According to the Surgeon General, 70 percent of our health status is determined by the lifestyle choices we make—what we eat and drink, whether we smoke and exercise, and how we love.



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