Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Children on Medication: Obesity-Related Diseases Skyrocketing

It’s no secret that the number of children taking medications in the United States is growing at an alarming rate. What seems to be the culprit for this epidemic? Obesity. The sedentary television and computer lifestyle, along with a plethora of fast foods and junk foods lining the store shelves, are definitely taking a toll on children’s health.

This informational article takes a look at the growing obesity epidemic, while outlining the hard-core statistics gathered from a study of 4 million American children aged 5-19 years old. What the study found was quite alarming. The number of children that take medications for type 2 diabetes – once called ‘adult-onset’ diabetes – more than doubled from 2002 to 2005, with male children seeing a 39 percent increase and female children showing a whopping 147 increase.

This article looks closely at the increase in prescription medications for children for a host of health issues, including asthma, depression, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, ADHD and type 2 diabetes.

Number of kids on medication jumps alarmingly

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