What’s in Store for Today’s Children
If Americans continue along with their current lifestyles—eating too much food (and too much of the wrong kind of food) and getting too little activity, here’s what children who were born in 2000 and who follow that lifestyle can expect, according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association:
- 32.8 percent of boys and 36.5 percent of girls will develop diabetes at some time in their lives.
- 40.2 percent of African American boys and 49 percent of African American girls will develop diabetes at some time in their lives.
- Among the Hispanic population, 45.4 percent of boys and 52.5 percent of girls will develop diabetes.
- Of the people who have diabetes at age 40, men will lose 11.6 years of life and women will lose 14.3 years of life.
Aren’t these numbers a good reason to make healthy eating and an active lifestyle part of your resolutions for 2004…and beyond?
Journal of the American Medical Association, October 2003.