Is diabetes an epidemic or just a result of laziness?

Is the ice cream the real problem?

The Enquirer recently published an article about the diabetes epidemic and the widespread increase of Type 2 diabetes, especially in kids and teens, and below I’ve pasted some of the key points I took from the article. I find it aggravatingly hilarious that the article talks repeatedly about the effect of healthy weight maintenance as the leading suppressant of the disease, but continually asks what we should do to prevent the spread. It seems pretty obvious to me. My 93 year old grandfather always said if you get fat stop eating so much!

Weight loss is a difficult prospect for some people, I’ll concede that, but for parents who allow their children to balloon to more than 300 lbs in middle school, as one story in the article speaks of, they are failing their children and their responsibilities as parents. Kids can’t always be expected to understand the implications of their morbid obesity, but parents should.

Finally, I apologize for this rant, as I know obesity is a tough battle for many people, but stop whining! Losing weight is a result of a simple math problem, calorie intake – calories burned = weight loss. Like I said very simple. the part that seems to confuse people is the “calories burned” part. That is simple also. MOVE!

I don’t care if you wave your arms at passing vehicles or whether you run ultra-marathons, just move.

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“A study from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center found a 10-fold increase in Type 2 diabetes among adolescents.”

“Authors of the study blamed an increase in obesity, and warned the spike in diabetes could have dire consequences as those youths hit adulthood.”

“According to the report, 1 in 10 U.S. adults have diabetes. By 2050, as many as 1 in 3 could have the disease.”

“It’s a disaster in the making, experts say, and it’s a disaster Americans helped make themselves.”

“Our society is engineered to make us unhealthy,” said Lisa Simpson, a pediatrician and the director of the Child Policy Research Center at Cincinnati Children’s. “Diabetes is just one of the consequences of decades of choices that have led to the obesity epidemic.”

That means teaching people to exercise more, eat healthy and lose weight – three lessons many won’t learn until their lives depend on it.

“In 2008, diabetes’ total economic impact, including lost productivity, added up to $187 billion.”

“Diabetes is the seventh-leading cause of death in the U.S., and a leading contributor to heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney failure and a host of other ailments – all on the rise as baby boomers age.

To put it in perspective, diabetes kills about 72,000 Americans a year. Heart disease kills more than 630,000 Americans a year, and its economic impact is $316 billion – nine times the number of fatalities, but less than double the cost.

In 2004, 71,000 amputations were performed in the U.S. because of the damage done by diabetes.

Scientists have even identified a link between Type 2 diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease.”

“Dolan and his colleagues are trying to figure out the best way to manage diabetes in teens.”

Work at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center has shown that gastric bypass surgery, which causes weight loss by reducing the size of the stomach and limiting the calories the body can absorb, is an effective cure in teens.

At the University of Cincinnati, researchers are trying to discover why the surgery works and how they can get its effects in a less invasive and less expensive way.

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