Diabetes charity urges Congress to examine childhood obesity

Thu, 17 Jul 2008
Leading American diabetes charity the American Diabetes Association praised members of the US Congress for holding a hearing about Childhood Obesity and diabetes .

Speaking to the hearing, Dr. Kaufman unveiled personal observations about the alarming rate of childhood obesity . Dr. Kaufman reportedly commented: "Children who are overweight, obese and unfit are at increased risk of developing high blood pressure, abnormal lipid levels, inflammation in their blood vessels and higher than normal blood sugar levels . These disorders are precursors of diabetes and adult-onset cardiovascular disease ."

She reportedly continued: "Today, there is no doubt that obesity in youth, along with its associated medical conditions, is the major health challenge of this century. Despite the efforts of government and public health officials, the number of overweight and obese youth continues to increase. More needs to be done to combat the ever growing epidemics of obesity and diabetes ."
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