A Clip from The China Study, by T.Colin Campbell
“…Perhaps you’ve caught a glimpse of the staggering statistics on obesity amongst Americans. Perhaps you’ve simply noticed that, compared to a few years ago, more people at the grocery store are overweight.
Perhaps you’ve been in classrooms, on playgrounds or at daycare centers and noticed how many children are already crippled with a weight problem and cannot run twenty feet without getting winded.
Our struggle with weight is hard to miss. Open a newspaper or a magazine, or turn on the radio or TV-you know that America has a weight problem. In fact, 2 out of 3 adult Americans are overweight, and one-third of the adult population are obese. Not only are these numbers high, but the rate at which they have been rising is ominous.
Perhaps the most depressing element of our super size mess is the growing number of overweight and obese children. Overweight children face a wide range of psychological and social problems. Overweight children find it more difficult to make friends and are often thought of as lazy and sloppy. They are more likely to have behavioral and learning difficulties, and the low self esteem likely to be formed during adolescence can last forever.
Young people who are overweight also are highly likely to face a host of medical problems. They often have elevated cholesterol levels, which can be a predictor for any number of deadly diseases. They are more likely to have problems with glucose intolerance, and, consequently, diabetes. Type 2 diabetes, formerly only seen in adults, is skyrocketing among adolescents. Elevated blood pressure is nine times more likely to occur among obese kids. Sleep apnea, which can cause neuro-cognitive problems, is found in 1 in 10 obese children. A wide variety of bone problems is more common in obese kids. Most importantly, an obese young person is much more likely to be an obese adult, greatly increasing the likelihood of lifelong health problems….”
To Be Continued