Fighting type 2 diabetes is a family affair

Recent news headlines have been littered with statistics on the growing number of obese children in the U.S. However, some parents who think poor body image is the only drawback of childhood obesity do not take into account permanent consequences like type 2 diabetes.

A recent article published by the Centre Daily Times indicated that parents and children who collaborate to fight type 2 diabetes may have better chances of successfully preventing the disease among members of their household.

The newspaper highlighted a recent study, which found that obese mothers frequently underestimate their own weight, as well as that of their overweight offspring.

Although ignorance may promote bliss for a short time, parents who ignore their children's weight problems may have to face a harsh reality when these youngsters are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes even before they reach adulthood.

Individuals belonging to the youngest generation are expected to be the first in modern times that will not outlive their parents, the news provider reported. This is partly because the prevalence of childhood obesity has tripled since the 1970s and the rate of type 2 diabetes among U.S. teens has increased ten-fold, the news source noted.

Since pleasant summer weather allows for plenty of time spent outdoors, the news organization suggested that families create new healthy traditions like Sunday afternoon bike rides or walks. Also, parents can bring their children grocery shopping so that each member can pick out his or her favorite fruit options instead of high-fat snacks.

Parents who are unsure of how to address their child's weight problem in an effective manner may consider talking to their pediatrician, the Centre Daily Times recommended.

Diabetes is one of the most common chronic diseases among U.S. children, affecting more than 150,000 individuals under the age of 20, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.