Dec 31 2017

Diabetes is on the Rise in Children and Teens!

Reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO): A recent study found that rates of new cases of diabetes in children and teens rose during 2002 to 2012. The researchers reported increases in the rates of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. More than 29 million Americans are living with diabetes. People with diabetes have sugar (glucose) levels that are too high. Over time, high levels of blood glucose can cause many health problems. “Because of the early age of onset and longer diabetes duration, youth are at risk for developing diabetes-related complications at a younger age. This profoundly lessens their quality of life, shortens their life expectancy, and increases health care costs,” said Giuseppina Imperatore, M.D., Ph.D., an epidemiologist in CDC’s Division of Diabetes Translation, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. Key diabetes findings from the report: Across all racial/ethnic groups, the rate of newly diagnosed cases of type 1 diabetes increased more annually from 2003-2012 in males (2.2 percent) than in females (1.4 percent) ages 0-19. Among youth ages 0-19, the rate of newly diagnosed cases of type 1 diabetes increased most sharply in Hispanic youth, a 4.2 percent annual increase. In non-Hispanic blacks, the rate of newly diagnosed cases of type 1 diabetes increased by 2.2 percent and in non-Hispanic whites by 1.2 percent per year. Among youth ages 10-19, ...

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Apr 08 2010

GOOD ENOUGH TO EAT – A Kid’s Guide To Food And Nutrition – Author: Lizzy Rockwell

A Book Review by Lisa Garner   Writer and illustrator, Lizzy Rockwell, has whipped up a delicious kid’s guide to proper nutrition and healthy eating which is just plain “Good Enough to Eat.” Packed full of colorful illustrations, facts, experiments, and recipes, Rockwell does an outstanding job of linking the basic principles of proper nutrition directly to the human body. Designed to satisfy a child’s curiosity about their body and how it works, Good Enough to Eat presents basic nutrition facts in a kid friendly, easy to understand format which is perfect for reading at home or school.   An appetizing blend of  factual information, recipes, and fun hands-on experiments,  Good Enough to Eat satisfies a child’s hunger to learn about proper nutrition with bright lively illustrations, informational speech bubbles and text, and a diverse group of  children who navigate their way through the complexity of  anatomy and physiology to learn the relevance behind the food pyramid and how it applies to their bodies.  The inside covers of the book are adorned with meticulous illustrations of the five food groups and the proper serving sizes for each. With every turn of the page, children will learn more information about the foods they eat.  Ÿ  What is the digestive system and how does it work? Ÿ  What is the food pyramid and why is it important to follow it? Ÿ  What vitamins, minerals, and nutrients do certain foods contain? Ÿ  ...

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Mar 01 2010

Childhood Obesity: Prevention With Pedometers,Technology And Exercise

By John E. Lewis, Ph.D. Childhood obesity is dramatically rising and is now the most significant health crisis affecting children today. Physical inactivity and poor nutrition are the principle causes of obesity, according to the United States Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Agriculture (USDA). Thus, children should be made aware of the severity of the problem that their generation faces, and they also need to understand that being active, which was taken for granted by so many prior generations, is one of the principal keys to being in good health. As the electronics age has consumed so many aspects of daily life in the last couple of decades, children of today are indoctrinated into the technological craze at a very early age. Popular electronics are readily affordable by most families, so children grow up learning how to operate everything from televisions to computers to video games to PDAs and cell phones. While the use of technology provides our society with enormous advantages in access to information and convenience, with such freedom at least partially comes the price of good health due to the sedentary lifestyle that such electronic equipment promotes. In considering how electronic equipment can help to promote a more active lifestyle in children, one of the obvious appliances is the pedometer. Pedometers, like most electronics, come in a wide variety of models, styles, features, and options, but a simple pedometer that accurately measures steps ...

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Feb 23 2010

Graehm Gray: Childhood Obesity Definitions – Part Two

Okay, let’s review: what do we know so far? A. We know that obesity is an extra accumulation of fat. B. We know that the problem is coming from an imbalance-more energy in the form of calories (food) coming into the body-our children are eating more and not enough energy (calories) being burned off-not enough exercise. C. We  know that a pediatrician and researcher uses the Body Mass Index (BMI) as a way to identify weight problems in children-a way to measure your child’s weight against other children of the same age and sex and tell us whether he or she is at risk; D. We know that there are lots of consequences from being obese-heart disease, arthritis, sleep apnea and psychological problems and finally, E.  We know that President Obama said that 30 percent of our children are either overweight or obese .So what’s next?  Are we all sure we know whether our children are obese or just overweight? And what do we do to solve this problem? Class, let’s continue our journey-now Part two: Overweight vs. Obese: (CDC) These are terms used to classify kids and adults and based on Body Mass Index (BMI-height and weight). BMI for kids and teens takes into account growth changes, differences in body fat between boys and girls. BMI calculator for Child and Teen. So go to your pediatrician’s (or primary ...

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