Food companies are slowly getting our kids addicted to sugar by adding it to nearly every food that’s processed. If it isn’t real sugar, it’s some artificial sweetener, which can be worse than real sugar. The result is that our kids are getting fat and primed for diseases associated with being undernourished and overweight. Kids now expect everything they eat to be sweet. It’s to the point where kids don’t want to eat their veggies because they are not sweet. It’s estimated that over 12 million kids are obese… should food companies bear any responsibility? Kids aren’t the only ones being impacted. Adults are also getting hooked on sugar sweet foods. More and more adults are finding out they have adult onset diabetes (Type 2) and wondering how it happened.
According to Wellness.com, Diabetes is a lifelong disease that affects the way your body handles glucose, a kind of sugar, in your blood. There are about 27 million people in the U.S. with Type 2 diabetes. Another 86 million have prediabetes: Their blood glucose is not normal, but not high enough to be diabetes yet.
Wellness.com also explains that since the cells can’t take in the glucose, it builds up in your blood. High levels of blood glucose can damage the tiny blood vessels in your kidneys, heart, eyes, or nervous system. That’s why diabetes — especially if left untreated — can eventually cause heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, blindness, and nerve damage to nerves in the feet.
Genes can also contribute to the problem. Scientists have found different bits of DNA that affect how your body makes insulin. Extra weight is also a major factor. Being overweight or obese can cause insulin resistance, especially if you carry your extra pounds around the middle. Now Type 2 diabetes affects kids as well as adults, mainly because of childhood obesity.
The Cost of Obesity
Janet Napolitano—former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security and former governor of Arizona—addressed findings from the Center on Social and Economic Dynamics at Brookings, in partnership with the World Food Center of the University of California-Davis, estimate that if all 12.7 million U.S. youth with obesity become obese adults, the individual cost on average is just over $92,000, and “the societal costs over their lifetimes may exceed $1.1 trillion.”
Learn more about the Center on Social and Economic Dynamics at Brookings.