|About the Book|
Experts now predict that more than one-third of American children born in 2000 will develop diabetes in their lifetime. Written by one of the worlds leading authorities on the link between obesity anddiabetes, this passionate, frightening-butMoreExperts now predict that more than one-third of American children born in 2000 will develop diabetes in their lifetime. Written by one of the worlds leading authorities on the link between obesity anddiabetes, this passionate, frightening-but ultimately hopeful-book points the way to a solution.To enter Dr. Francine Kaufmans clinic is to see the future of America: a220-pound twelve-year-old boy...a 267-pound thirteen-year-old girl...their concerned but equally overweight parents...the human faces and human suffering behind the epidemic of type 2 diabetes thatthreatens to overwhelm our health care system. Once a disease of the elderly, type 2 diabetes now strikes adults in their prime-and, increasingly, children. It has nearly doubled in the last decade. The cause?Our soaring rates of obesity.Diabesity takes us to the front lines of the fight against this preventable but deadly disease. Through vivid patient stories, it explains how excess weight destroys thebodys ability to process sugar properly-with life-threatening consequences. It shows what happens when the genes that evolved to protect us from famine collide with a sedentary lifestyle that has putbacon cheeseburgers on every corner. And it demonstrates why our usual blame-the-victim response is futile in face of the complex, worldwide forces behind this epidemic.Detailing the tools for change atevery level-from families to school systems to government-and reporting on innovative programs that are already making a difference, Diabesity offers a compelling action plan for winning thisbattle. From the Hardcover edition.