December 20th 2011 Radio 4 news program gave the following statistics on childhood obesity.
- 1 in 5 children aged 4-5 years is obese.
- 82% of obese children go on to be obese adults.
- Obesity reduces life expectancy by 9 years and increases the risk of Type 2 diabetes.
- Obese children have social and emotional issues and 50% drop out of higher education.
- Obesity costs the government £30 billion a year.
The professor at Leeds Met wanted the problem to focus on the 1 in 3 person with a weight problem and help them out.
Do people with diabetes need to eat a special diet?
No – People with diabetes should try to maintain a healthy weight and eat a balanced diet. There are no foods that people with diabetes should never eat. And there is no need to cut out all sugar.
But, like everyone, people with diabetes should try to eat only small amounts of foods that are high in sugar or fat, or both. People who have diabetes can eat cakes and biscuits sparingly, as part of a balanced diet. But drinking very large amounts of fruit juice could cause problems with controlling blood sugar for some people with diabetes, because of the fruit sugar (fructose) it contains.
The Food Standards Agency and Diabetes UK (formerly the British Diabetic Association) don’t recommend special diabetic products. Foods that are labelled ‘diabetic’ aren’t necessarily healthier or more suitable for diabetics than other foods. And they tend to be more expensive than other products. Many of the products that are labelled ‘diabetic’ are sweets, chocolates and biscuits.