This is ridiculous. This statistic should be ALL that we need to start getting our kids healthy.
Even if it were lower than almost 1 in 4 kids having diabetes or being on their way to it, any kid on that track is too many!
Diabetes is almost completely preventable, as long as it isn't genetic. PREVENTABLE. That means these kids, pretty much all of them, do not have to have diabetes at all!
Heart attacks and strokes don't usually happen until adulthood (due to cardiovascular disease). Unfortunately, the 3,400 teens studied had an alarming number of cardiovascular risk factors. Oddly (and scarily) enough, 37% of normal-weight teens had at least one risk factor.
Here's what the study author had to say:
“I was a little surprised given they are at normal weight. It just speaks to the fact that we have to promote health and wellness for all youth and not just those we know are overweight or obese.”
Compare that to 49% of overweight teens and nearly two-thirds of obese teens had one or more risk factors, plus the complicating factor of their weight, and we have a serious problem on our hands.
Those risks involve: prehypertension/hypertension, borderline and high LDLC (the “bad” cholesterol), low HDLC (the “good” cholesterol) and prediabetes and diabetes.
We NEED to fix this, you guys.
This is unacceptable, as our youth is the most important part of the future!