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Children Diagnosed With Type 2 Diabetes Continues to Rise

Why do our food choices matter? The most obvious of course is for our health and well-being. Healthy choices keep our bodies functioning and feeling their best. But have you ever thought about how your food choices affect your children or grandchildren? The United States has seen a significant rise in obesity and diabetes in children. This rise is attributed to factors such as diet and activity level. We often hand out quick and simple high carbohydrate snacks in our ‘on the go’ lifestyle. These snacks are easy to purchase and often pre-packaged, we readily give them to our children in their lunch boxes, in the car, after school and after sports practice. Boxes and boxes of crackers, cookies, and treats. Of course, they are convenient, but these choices are partly responsible for the 10%-30% increase in obese children and the 30%-40% rise in childhood type 2 diabetes. Putting on the weight now often leads to obesity in both teens and adults with increased chance of heart disease and diabetes. The most important thing you can do is be a role model. Are you snacking on chips and crackers or do you plan and bring carrots and celery sticks? You have the power to make a difference in your life as well as in the life of the children around you. Kids pick up on the behaviors of the adults in their world. If you are eating processed foods and simple carbohydrates, it is likely they may do the same. Be the change and positive role model you want your children and grandchildren to see. You can help prevent obesity in the next generation and take care of your own health at the same time.

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