Obesity in Children Linked to Impaired Glucose Tolerance
Researchers have found that obesity in children is the likely cause of a condition known as impaired glucose tolerance. This is also what's recently been called "pre-diabetes." When people have this condition, their bodies don't respond to the effects of insulin as well as they should. Their blood sugar level becomes high, and eventually they develop type 2 diabetes.
Many times lifestyle changes such as losing 10 to 15 percent of weight, getting regular exercise and eating the right foods can reverse this pre-diabetic condition.
A recent study showed that one in four extremely obese children under 10 and one in five under 18 had impaired glucose tolerance. The longer a person has diabetes, the higher the chances of developing serious side effects, such as heart disease, kidney failure, blindness and limb amputations.
This is why it's important for children to develop healthy eating habits and active lifestyles early.
The New England Journal of Medicine 14 March 2002