Tuesday, July 22, 2008

American Diabetes Association Urges Congress To Examine Ravages Of Childhood Obesity And Type 2 Diabetes

“The American Diabetes Association (ADA) today, applauded Chairman Chris Dodd (D-CT), Ranking Member Lamar Alexander (R-TN), and members of the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Children and Families for holding a hearing on, ‘Childhood Obesity: The Declining Health of America's Next Generation.’ Appearing before the Committee was Francine Kaufman, M.D., a prominent pediatric endocrinologist, past president of the ADA, and a distinguished professor of Pediatrics and Communication at the University of Southern California. Kaufman went on to illustrate that one in three children born in the year 2000 will develop diabetes at some point in his or her life, and that this statistic is nearly one in two for children in minority communities. ‘Today, there is no doubt that obesity in youth, along with its associated medical conditions, is the major health challenge of this century,’ said Kaufman. ‘Despite the efforts of government and public health officials, the number of overweight and obese youth continues to increase. More needs to be done to combat the ever growing epidemics of obesity and diabetes.’”


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