What has changed in the past 20 years that incited diabetes in children to epidemic proportions? There are a number of factors that went into creating this perfect storm.
First, our diets have changed. Working parents now rely more on fast foods and restaurants for dinner and after-school snacks. There are also more processed foods, like the high fructose corn syrup used in sodas and other snack foods, that have taken their toll.
Second, our fitness routines have also changed. Children have traded active playtime for more computer and TV time while there has been a decrease in funding for school gym and team sport programs. In short, we are adding more calories but not burning them up.
It may seem like an overwhelming task to change the current American lifestyle, but think of the other big changes our society has made when our children's health and safety was at risk. Smoking went from once being seen as fashionable to the health hazard that it really is. Wearing seatbelts is now the law. And a grassroots group of concerned citizens, MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving), can now be credited with saving thousands of lives each year. We can reverse the epidemic of type 2 diabetes in children and the obesity that triggers it too!