The NY Times reports, for the umpty-bumpth time, about alarming statistics on national obesity.
Nearly one in four American adolescents may be on the verge of developing Type 2 diabetes or could already be diabetic, representing a sharp increase in the disease’s prevalence among children ages 12 to 19 since a decade ago, when it was estimated that fewer than one in 10 were at risk for or had diabetes, according to a new study.
That time series has jumed around a bit since 1999 and I am not able to pin down whether the definition change of pre-diabetes in 2003 has been incorporated into this study (one would hope so.)
But my real cause for concern is the vast division in the comment section. The vegetarian faction insists that our national obesity epidemic is caused by excessive meat consumption. The Paleo/Primal/Atkins/Taubes crowd insist the problem is refined grains and sugar. And of course, there is always an omega3/omega6 faction making valid points about grain fed chickens and cows versus grass fed animals.
These are people who are intrigued enough by the topic to read the Times and leave a comment, but among that group there is no clear consensus as to the solution. That bodes poorly for any sort of regulatory or public education approach.
Well - when I am king for a day, sugar producers will learn the meaning of fear! OK, as king I will learn the meaning of "public backlash", but still...