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Obesity, Diabetes Pose 1-2 Threat to Young Americans
Date:12/30/2011

" she said. "Kids eat empty calories, and those calories go straight to weight gain."

But they also need to become more physically active, she said. Exercise has been shown to both battle obesity and help better control blood glucose levels in the body.

"Those two things alone would probably solve the problem of childhood obesity, were society to pursue them vigorously," Colberg-Ochs said.

More information

The American Diabetes Association has more on living with diabetes.

For more on learning to live with diabetes from a young age, check out a companion article that details one woman's story.

SOURCES: John E. Anderson, M.D., vice president, medicine and science, American Diabetes Association; Sheri Colberg-Ochs, Ph.D., professor, exercise science, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Va., and adjunct professor, internal medicine, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, Va.


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