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Childhood Obesity

When eleven-year-old Stacy was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, it provided the impetus for radical changes in her life. Once a couch potato and junk food addict, Stacy transformed her eating habits and committed to a rigorous exercise program. Now 70 pounds lighter and feeling great, Stacy no longer has to take medication to keep her blood sugars at a normal level. Though her type 2 diabetes isn't cured, she's managed to keep her symptoms at bay.

Obesity is at epidemic proportions in America with more than 60 percent of the population overweight or obese, and a growing occurrence of type 2 diabetes in young teens is sounding an alarm throughout the medical community.

For More Information

The Children's Hospital at Montefiore

New York City Department of Health

The American Academy of Pediatrics


Keeping Kids Healthy

Safer Healthier People: Overweight Children and Adolescents
A good overview of problems associated with overweight and Obese children and Adolescents (A CDC website).

The pressure to eat: Why we are getting fatter
From the Nutrition Action Health Letter
Home page of New York's only comprehensive team treatment Diabetes Center.

The National Institutes of Health's Diabetes Information Clearing House
Offering free-low-cost booklets in English and Spanish. illness/diabetes/diabetes.html
Extensive diabetes information in English and Spanish, managed and edited by librarians and health care providers.

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