According to data in a report published in the December 2009 issue of Diabetes Care(1), the cost of treating diabetes will triple by 2034 reaching a staggering $336 billion annually, up from the current $113 billion. A big reason for the projected increase is that by 2034 an estimated 44.1 million Americans will be living with diabetes (up from the current 23.7 million today). These estimates are based on zero increase in the prevalence of obesity in 25 years, and for that reason, are considered to be conservative.
In a nation battling obesity, your kids may be getting more than reading, writing and arithmetic at school. Soda pop, ice cream and cookies just might be in the mix.
From Stacey Seybold Hiller, M.S.,CCC-SLP, Pediatric Speech Language Pathologist and 0wner, Dream Dinners of Indianapolis, IN
Over the years, there has been extensive research completed on the benefits of families eating together. For example, Research by The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA)* at Columbia University consistently finds that the more often children eat dinner with their family, the less likely they are to smoke, drink or use drugs. Specifically, teens who ate dinner with their families 5 nights a week were:
- 42% less likely to drink alcohol
- 59% less likely to smoke cigarettes
- 66% less likely to try marijuana.
Health care news is heavy lately with articles about the health risks that come from eating a diet high in salt, and the impact that has on health care costs in the United States. Medical News Today cites a RAND Corporation study showing the positive impact that reducing sodium intake could have on our economy, as well as improving the quality of millions of Americans’ lives.
Having hosted “Ask Dr. Brent” on Sirius for three years, I cannot tell you how many times I’ve been asked how to remedy the symptoms of a chronic condition, how to make a wound heal faster, or how to lose weight… among a long litany of other “how-tos”.
While some of the answers were more complex, they almost always included the point that a healthy diet is at the center of dealing with almost any health issue – mental or physical.