Children and Diabetes
2 diabetes (non-insulin dependent) has been most commonly associated
with adults. However, the phenomenon increasingly affects overweight
has to be done to help our children. Half of Americans are overweight,
and, based on the number of overweight children, the number of
obese and overweight adults is going to drastically increase,”
said Dr. Robert I. Berkowitz, a child psychologist who focuses
on weight disorders.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have found that
in the preliminary results for 1999, 13 percent of American children
ages 6–11 years are overweight, a number higher than the 11 percent
appearing in the survey conducted in 1988 and 1994.
translates into more than 5 million children and teenagers,” said
Long-term studies show that comprehensive family-based behavioral
programs for children are most effective in reducing obesity.
Successful programs required both children and parents to modify
their nutritional intake and rate of physical activity. For instance,
experts warn against overloading a child’s plate and favoring
sedentary activities, such as watching television and playing
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