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Diabetes T2 on 60 Minutes...

Hmmmm, ok they kept referring to type II diabetes in children as being "an epidemic"... What's with calling everything that suddenly increases in numbers in the population "an epidemic" even when it isn't strictly contagious???

Ok, so yep, children these days are suddenly developing a type of diabetes that used to be referred to as "adult onset" or "mature age" diabetes, where the risk factors were; being over 40, being a smoker, being pregnant, or being overweight... And children are developing T2 because they are more and more overweight, apparently one in six children is overweight or obese (I was surprise to hear the number was so low, tbh)...

But then they start taking to a parent of a child with diabetes, and she says her child led a "normal
childhood, ate lollies, went to parties, watched tv blah, blah, blah, and developed T2... This mum has diabetes herselr, the classic insulin dependant child onset variety... So, she has another child who is at risk of diabetes and who she says she is trying to prevent this happening to... The 60 Minutes journalist points out the child had Coco Pops for breakfast, despite the mum claiming to be making sure the daughter is eating healthily... The mum's reply went something like, "Well, you can't take everything away, it leaves them no choices..."

See that kind of screwy logic just pisses me off... What choice does the child have when she is dealing with the side effects of T2, and they are many and horible side effects...

What is with people... Yes, I understand people don't want to take all the fun out of their kids lives, and they want their children to have a choice so they don't rebel, but seriously, when your child is "at risk", isn't it time to be responsible on their behalf...

I recently read about an 8 year old child with a bowel disorder who required a healthy diet and medication to prevent severe constipation. This child didn't like healthy food, and while the mother encouraged the child to eat healthily the child pick at their food. Meanwhile the father indulged the child in fast food, which the mother seemed incapable of preventing this...

As well as this the child didn't like the taste of the medicine, so the paents didn't want to force the child to take it...

The result, constipation so severe the child vomited faeces... Hmmmm, I wonder which tasted worse, the medicine or the shit???

When a child has a need, the need to be protected from substances harmful to them, isn't it the parents responsibility to meet that need. If our children LIKED concaine, would we give them cocaine if they begged and pleaded for it... To some children junk food is cocaine and has the same deadly effect on them as cocaine would...

Ok, off my soapbox now...

Comments

casso said…
"vomited faeces"? *gag* That's disgusting. Reminds me of how I felt when I watched Jamie's Kitchen (UK version). That was so depressing, I couldn't believe children couldn't identify basic vegetables like a potato...A POTATO!!

You know the solution to your anger? Seriously? Stop watching 60 Minutes you crazy woman! LOL!

Cheers, Cass
Cabrissi said…
Ew! See now THIS is the reason why I'm glad I don't have TV... stuff like this would just make me want to thwack the idiot parent in the hopes it'd knock sense into her... so much for my peaceful, spiritual self eh!

It's like one of my old friends who feeds her toddler McDonald's chicken nuggets with the logic that it's chicken which is health food IF she peels the breading off. Tis the joys of the Hand To Forehead Parenting Club...
Sif said…
Hahahahahaha, well I finished of the night watching "Upsize Me" so it must have been a theme for the night, hey? There was so much more appalling stuff on Upsize Me, as well...

One thing that occurred to me is that Maccas has introduced this whole new menu, and there are all the ads for how healthy their meat is etc. etc. And then they tell you you now have a choice, ie. it's no longer their responsibility if your overweight and dying from heart disease - but let's face it, it WAS your choice in the first place to go into Maccas...

What they don't tell you is the addiction mechanisms in the sugar and the cheese etc. etc. Meaning you have to make a concerted effort to break away and stay away from these foods...

Like the 160kg 17 year old guy said on 60 Minutes last night, after a habit of 4 litres of Coke a day, it is HARD to break the habit... What got to me was he said, "I can only blame myself..." And while, at 17, that is mostly true, what about before he was 17, what about when he was 15, I mean he didn't get to 170g (he'd already lost 10kg) at 17 overnight, and hiw parents need to own some of the responsibility, he isn't even of legal age yet... Parents can't just say, when their kids turn 14 or 15, oh hey, if s/he wants to lose weight and get fit and be healthy, then s/he has to take responsibility, after not teaching responsibility in early childhood. A child's earlier schema on life is developed in the first 7 years of life, and it he child then learns they're ENTITLED to eat crap and treat their bodies like crap because it "feels good" to do so, how do parents think that is going to change later in life?
casso said…
There's also the financial element of fast food - how do these kids afford it? Well they get the money from their parents. *sigh* I hear lots of people also defend their lazy food parenting for their child by saying"They're going to see it eventually, better that they eat it now when I'm around". Why? Because you're going to personally stop the lipid from entering the cells? Honestly!

Just as a completely anecdotal reaction - my brother was brought up by my mum when she was going through a health food craze, and he just does not have a palate for rich food, doesn't care for it at all. He prefers crisp, clean tastes. Me? I was brought up as the indulged child until about 6yrs and was allowed whatever I wanted. I had to introduce my own health craze when I was a porker in my early 20s. Enough said for my own liking. Harriet will feel the wrath of asparagus over hot chips! LOL! :o)

Cheers, Cass
Sif said…
My kids have had both experiences... Erik didn't have anything "bad" for the first two years of his life (not even his first birthday cake, much to everyone's dismay)... Luey was born about 11 days before Erik turned two, and i hit a deep depression then, and Dave was struggling to support all of us, so Erik's diet took a turn for the worse, and Luey grew up on Heinz jars, and later McCaine's everything ovenbake and Maccas/KFC/Red Rooster several times a week - ah yes, it was awful...

Since the beginning of this year, we've been right back on track again. So Bryn has grown up with a much healtheir environment (barring those chips in early September at my mum's...)...

It'll be interesting to see the effect when they're older...

One of my best friend's from Uni was brought up vegetarian, and her mum was VERY health conscious (at least until this friend was about 14-15), and as a consequence, even when she was at Uni and could eat whatever she wanted, if she ate crap for a day or two, she'd begin to CRAVE salads, and fresh fruit, hahaha! I'd like that to be my boys one day...

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