Trimming Childhood Obesity in the U.S.

Imagine this scenario:

You are a single parent with two young children to support. Your last five dollar bill is in your pocket and pay day is tomorrow. There are two locations where you can purchase food in your neighborhood – a liquor store that sells packaged goods, and a Burger King. Your kids are hungry.

What would you do?

Many people placed in this situation would (and do) opt for the less expensive food options in their neighborhood, when forced to weigh availability and cost against nutrition. These, and many other factors, have amplified America’s obesity epidemic among low-income …read more

Childhood Obesity Rates Starting to Decline

For decades, child obesity rates have been on the rise throughout the country. At present, 12.5 million people under the age of 20 are overweight or obese.

However, this trend might finally be reversing. For the first time in 30 years, several American cities are reporting their first declines. In places like New York and Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Anchorage, Alaska, and Kearney, Nebraska the number of obese school-aged children have dropped from 3 to 5.5%. The state of Mississippi has also registered a drop, but only among white students.

While these numbers may seem small at …read more

Diabetes Rates Rise among American Children

An alarming new study has found that one in four children are developing – or have already developed – Type 2 Diabetes. The disease, previously called adult-onset diabetes, has historically been diagnosed very rarely in children. The threat of Type 2 Diabetes is two-fold for children – it is harder to treat and progresses more rapidly than in adults.

Experts were unable to concretely explain why diabetes rates continue to rise while obesity held steady. Theories include inactivity due to the growing use of electronic and mobile devices, and growing health disparities among ethnic and racial minority populations.

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