Will Our Kids Have Type 2?

By imjohn Latest Reply 2014-07-27 20:26:52 -0500
Started 2014-07-24 09:27:36 -0500

If you watch kids today it's no wonder that science is predicting type II diabetes to rise exponentially over it's already exponential growth. At home they whine until they get sugary packaged foods and outside the home their foods mainly come from convenience stores. There is nothing healthy sold in these stores, mainly sodas and chips.

The food manufacturers notice and design their foods to become addictive and then heavily advertise to children. Notice who sponsors all their sporting events or American Idol. In front of every celebrity you'll find that shiny red can of Coca-Cola. There is zero nutrition in that can but the kids can't wait to get the next one to wash down their salty chips.

As a parent I find this as cruel as the crack dealer on the corner. Wherever sodas go they leave a wake of obesity and diabetes in their path. Mayor Michael Bloomberg was run out of New York for trying to tax sodas and limit their size, but I think something has to be done. Studies have shown that just drinking one soda a day increases the risk of diabetes and obesity. Most kids are drinking for more than one, so we're heading down a slippery slope.

5 replies

GabbyPA 2014-07-27 20:26:52 -0500 Report

It is many things, but what I feel is lacking most of all is parenting. We give in. We listen to the whining and give them what they want because we don't want to feel guilty or listen to the whining. I have to say it's very hard to get it to work out, but it all starts at home.

I don't want the government telling me (or wanting to put me in prison) for giving my kids foods they deem unhealthy. (specially when they outlaw a lot of healthy natural foods such as raw milk) All I want is to be able to choose. If they want us to be responsible for our choices, then I am okay with that. We should.

imjohn 2014-07-25 11:23:34 -0500 Report

I think as haoleboy said, the answer is in education and resisting the sodas and foods causing type 2, as well as restricting screen time to keep kids more active.

Jeff82 2014-07-25 00:02:05 -0500 Report

In my opinion John here is the bottom line, growing up my brothers drank soda, they are not obese.
We were outside playing baseball/whiffle ball in the summer from sunrise to sunset, basketball and football year round and then either riding our bicycles or rollerblading on bike trails at the county park.
The majority of kids( I didn't say ALL) play video games, internet games and eat junk food. That is the responsibility of the parents to enforce, and it doesn't happen.
Agree with me or not, that's my input, and I do believe that is a huge reasoning for the rise of young children being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.

haoleboy 2014-07-24 14:15:00 -0500 Report

I agree 100% that something needs to be done.
But the role of government should be limited to education.
The onus of "doing something" falls on the parents. Setting a good example by "modeling" and discussing healthy eating is (in my opinion) one of the best ways.
There are organizations that are trying to spread the word and reach our children … for example: http://youthspeaks.org/thebiggerpicture/


jayabee52 2014-07-24 14:08:50 -0500 Report

Howdy John.

I would venture to say that you're "preaching to the choir" here my friend. The question is can we do anything about it?

I remember raising our 3 sons back in the '80s and that kind of mindset was prevalent back then. Their mother and I didn't go that way. We didn't have a lot of soda in the house, instead of that we brought home a lot of milk. Or occasionally we'd mix up some Kool Aid (sweetened with sugar [at least better than the HFCS of the sodas]).

Now today all of our sons show signs of being extra heavy like their dad and maternal grandmother, who both have (had) T2. Even my sons' mother had gestational diabetes when pregnant. Fortunately her case resolved upon eadh delivery. But she hasn't passed yet so there still may be time for T2 to develop.

My 3 sons are at the stage in life where they are considering having families of their own. It leaves me in a bit of a quandry as how to tackle the subject of diabetes and what to feed the kids.

Do you have any answers for me John?

God's best to you and yours


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