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Obesity in Children and Prediabetes


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Eighteen percent of Canadian children between the ages of 2 and 17 are overweight and eight percent, or 500,000 are obese. Those are scary findings by any standards. Of those with weight problems, 25% has prediabetes. Obesity in children and prediabetes will surely be one of the biggest burdens on medical costs incurred in the near future.

The truth is that we all think that obesity has to do with clothing sizes, but we must look at the serious health concerns that lie within this “epidemic". It is imperative that parents take a stand and educate themselves and their children with regards to diet and proper eating habits and exercise.

Eating right and exercising is not something that concerns adults only. Obviously, in the findings above, it proves that parents need to make serious changes in the way they feed their children. Standard screening tests for high blood sugar, which are fasting blood glucose tests, identified only 33% of the those with prediabetes, also missing about 66% of children with with high blood pressure and high cholesterol that could easily develop into heart disease and Type 2 diabetes.

Prior to these findings, doctors believed that prediabetes was something that they should test for when the child nears puberty, , have some risk factor that may indicate that they have diabetes, or those children who have a family history of diabetes. However, Katherine Morrison and her team at McMaster University in Hamilton found prediabetes present in children as young as five years old! In the two groups of children; 5-10 years olds and 10-16 year-olds, the rates were the same.

Whether your child is overweight or not, parents must pay closer attention to their diet and lifestyle. Learn to read food labels and start cutting down on fast food and junk food. In life, moderation is key and living an entire life with prediabetes or diabetes is challenging, frustrating and life-threatening.

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