this is scary stuff. Over the past decade, it appears that the percentage of American teens suffering from diabetes or prediabetes has more than doubled, from 9 to 23.
Yes, nearly one quarter of American teens now either have diabetes, or are halfway there.
TV and computer games play a role in this, along with unbelievably poor diet. Â The human body was built for a varied diet heavy on vegetables and fruit, and was also built to walk 20 miles a day to harvest wild fruits, Â or run five miles with killing a bison at the end of the run.
Apparently you don't do that when you have a TV and an Xbox in your room.
The scientists are a bit baffled that the rate of diabetes is rising much faster than the obesity rate. One might think they would rise at the same rate? Maybe not. Maybe the diabetes indicates not only poor diet and high fat levels, but a lack of activity. Physical education programs were some of the first things to be dropped in the No Child Left Behind frenzy.