Never heard of “diabesity?” It’s a term that used to describe Type 2 diabetes brought on by obesity. And the trends are not good, especially in teens.

A new study that was released on Sunday found that, once diagnosed with diabesity, nearly half of teens failed to control their condition, and 1 in 5 suffered serious complications. This new study supports our position that childhood obesity is more than a problem – it’s an epidemic. The sad part is that this problem is almost entirely preventable.

Type 2 diabetes is a condition that affects tens of thousands of U.S. children, and recent estimates indicate that number is continuing to grow. Even more concerning is that, once diagnosed, this disease is much harder to control in teens than in adults. During adolescence, the body develops a natural resistance to insulin. It is thought that this resistance is part of the growing process and it increases in teens because of natural hormonal changes. Obesity compounds the effects of this natural tendency.

The study found that using widely accepted prescription drugs isn’t the answer either. They didn’t seem to have much effect on the study subjects’ results. Sometimes the best approach is to look at history. Children 50 years ago did not avoid obesity and its consequences by taking drugs or making lifestyle choices. They simply ate healthier and led more active lives!

Many habits, including eating habits, are established during childhood. As parents, the best thing we can do for our children is to help them create healthy habits early. Then, as they enter adolescence, continue to reinforce these habits.

Remember, healthy choices you make each day can transform your family for generations! What choices will you make today? What will you do today to help your children avoid the long-term problems of diabesity tomorrow?

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You might also want to read: The “Low Fat” ScamThe Role of School Vending Machines, Portion Size Matters

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