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Increasing obesity among American children is putting them at greater risk of diabetes. Over 18 million Americans have diabetes with roughly 200,000 under 20 years of age. Most have type 2 diabetes which used to be typical of older people who developed poor eating and exercise habits. About 50% of American 8th graders studied were overweight with 41% having high sugar levels and 36% having high insulin levels. Parents are also often oblivious to the children’s obesity.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by The Charlote Observer – Orlando Sentinel
About: Teenagers are becoming increasingly overweight and their parents are becoming increasingly oblivious
Date: 6 June 2004
Source: The Charlote Observer – Orlando Sentinel
Author: Robyn Shelton
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