The STOPP-T2D forces us to become more aware
The results of a study called STOPP-T2D, an acronym for “Studies to Treat or Prevent Pediatric Type 2 Diabetes” conclusively demonstrated the alarming incidence of overweight, obesity, insulin resistance, hypercholesterolemia, hypertension or high blood pressure and other serious health problems at a premature age, since this study was conducted in children aged between 13 and 14.
This study was conducted by the Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology at the Los Angeles Children’s Hospital, in which 1,700 young kids between the ages of 13 and 14 participated from various schools in California, Texas and North Carolina. 52% of participants in this study were Hispanic, 23% African American, 15% White American and 10% from other ethnic groups.
This study asked participants to attend school the following day without having eaten, and checked their blood sugar, insulin, cholesterol and other lipids levels, as well as their weight, height and blood pressure. The results were alarming, because 49.3% were overweight or obese and 40.2% had Prediabetes*, moreover this study diagnosed some cases of Diabetes, Hyperinsulinemia, Hypertension and high Cholesterol.
* Pre-diabetes is a condition where blood glucose levels are higher than normal but not high enough to be diagnosed as Diabetes (between 101-115 mg/dl when fasting).
When overweight in children is seen as a slight problem
Another study shows that in most cases, overweight and obesity go unnoticed and aren’t seen by the population as a public health problem. This study performed in England shows how in most cases, parents of children who are overweight or obese see it as “normal” or “more or less normal”, and moreover, some parents of children with ideal weight visit the doctor for help, because they think their children are underweight or not eating enough.
Overweight and child obesity, besides from being problems that can affect children and young people in their aesthetic appearance and even emotional state, are conditions that predispose the individual to multiple health problems, which can greatly affect their quality of life. Due to this, parents need to be more aware of their children’s body weight, and make all the necessary lifestyle changes so they can remain at their ideal weight and enjoy a healthier and happier life.