A Vision of Grim Future
Children obesity is a great problem of many countries in the world, especially the United States. Some researches have shown that, even though the child obesity was prominent before, nowadays it has skyrocketed and reached the number which is two or three times larger than it was initially, once the obesity problem was noticed in the first place. Obesity is now shown in children more than ever before. What is more, there has been a significant increase in obese adolescents. All in all, these endangered groups are highly susceptible to many illnesses, type 2 diabetes being the most common one.
Why Is This So?
In order to fully understand the connection between body fat and diabetes, we need to know that the more fat we have in our organism, the less sensitive our body is, when it comes to insulin production.
Some doctors and scientists claim that this problem stems directly from the mothers of these children. Namely, the body weight of the mother while she is pregnant, influences the weight of the child. Additionally, if the mother does not breastfeed the child but feeds it differently, there is a high likelihood that it will become obese. Obesity regarding fat in leg muscles and liver cells is claimed to be a crucial trigger of diabetes type 2 in children. At the same time, this can be one of the symptoms.
Naturally, in cases of obese children, their body fat levels present some of the main indicators. However, their body's ability to absorb fat and make it an adequate source of energy is checked as well. Children with healthy body weight are able to do this with their body fat while obese children obviously have some problems with these bodily functions. Once excessive fat starts accumulating, it is clear that there are certain insulin problems and a high likelihood for the development of diabetes type 2 in obese children.
Children who have normal body weight and are generally in good shape, are more prone to low blood sugar levels. Thus, they are much less likely to develop diabetes or any other similar health problems. On the other hand, obese children, besides diabetes, are prone to high blood pressure, heart conditions and many other illnesses, some more serious than the others.
Therefore, we need to take the body weight of our children in control, and prevent it from going too high. Exercise and a healthy diet are crucial for the removal of this problem. Therefore, these two aspects of life should be implemented into each child's lifestyle, minimizing their chances of developing diabetes at both young age and later in life.