Just a few shocking statistics on health of our youth.

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  • One in three Americans born in 2000 will develop diabetes in their lifetime if current trends continue. The odds are greater for minority children – nearly one in two will develop diabetes in the same timeframe.
  •  Diabetes is increasing among U.S. children at an alarming rate, say researchers who report jumps of more than 20 percent since 2001 for type 2 disease, which is linked to excessive weight and sedentary lifestyles, and type 1 diabetes, which is an autoimmune disease.
  • 17 percent of U.S. children and teens are obese — three times the number of a generation ago.
  •  For the first time in two centuries, the current generation of children in America may have shorter life expectancies than their parents, according to a new report, which contends that the rapid rise in childhood obesity, if left unchecked, could shorten life spans by as much as five years.
  • The report, to be published Thursday in The New England Journal of Medicine, says the prevalence and severity of obesity is so great, especially in children, that the associated diseases and complications – Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, kidney failure, cancer – are likely to strike people at younger and younger ages.
  • Most people who engage in suicidal behavior never seek health services. Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death among persons aged 15 to 24 years.

sources:

http://www.house.gov/degette/diabetes/facts.shtml

http://health.usnews.com/health-news/news/articles/2012/06/09/diabetes-rising-rapidly-among-us-kids

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/03/17/health/17obese.html?_r=0

http://www.cdc.gov/features/collegehealth/

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To your health,

Elena

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