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Diabesity: The Obesity-Diabetes Epidemic That Threatens America--And What We Must Do To Stop It

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2005 nonfiction book by Francine R. Kaufman M.D.

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 world's leading authorities on the link between obesity and diabetes, this passionate, frightening–but ultimately … see full wiki

Tags: Books, Medicine, Diabetes, Obesity, Public Health & Fitness
Author: Francine R. Kaufman M.D.
Genre: Health & Fitness
Publisher: Bantom Books
Date Published: March 1, 2005
1 review about Diabesity: The Obesity-Diabetes Epidemic...

Read this book and you will understand why taxing soft drinks might not be a bad idea.

  • Mar 22, 2009
Rating:
+5
This is about the personal battle each and every one of us must wage with ourselves on a daily basis.  Should I start my day with my favorite donut and a large cup of coffee?  Do I see realize the importance of consuming at least 5 servings of fresh fruits and vegetables every day?  Do I take the elevator or climb the stairs at work?  Will I make time for exercise a priority?  In her new book "Diabesity:  The Obesity-Diabetes Epidemic That Threatens America--And What We Must Do to Stop It " author Francine Kaufman M.D, a past president of the American Diabetes Association, points out that these are among the dozens of choices each of us must make on a daily basis.  She wrote "Diabesity" to present us with the cold, hard facts about diabetes.  It is not a pretty picture.  Perhaps she will convince some of us to change our ways.  She makes many simple and practical suggestions in this book.  For me, the thought of possibly having to cope with this disease on a daily basis for the rest of my life is quite sombering indeed.  What is even more alarming is that both of my fathers parents were afflicted with diabetes in their older years.  Dr. Kaufman has gotten my attention!

But "Diabesity" is also a book about public policy.  How is it that we have allowed our schools to be infiltrated by giant corporations who peddle their soft drinks and fast foods to our young people? As Dr. Kaufman points out the National School Lunch Program which was established in the 1950's to provide nutritious meals at a low subsidized price has been to varying degrees augmented and in many cases supplanted by what are termed "competitive foods".  I had never heard the term.  "Competitive foods" compete with USDA meals and are sold at the snack line in the cafeteria and in innumerable vending machines at the schools. You might have guessed that what is being sold here is soda, snack cakes, chips, hot dogs, french fries and pizza.  You get the picture.  It is an outrage!  Happily, as Dr. Kaufman points out, some enlightened school districts have begun to fight back.  "Diabesity" also delves into a number of other public policy questions that I can report make for extremely informative reading.

Finally, Dr. Kaufman has used the pages of her book to introduce us to some of the diabetes patients she has treated over the years.  She has been able to help a good many of them and has had the satisfaction of seeing many go on to lead nearly normal lives.  But then there are those who she was not able to help.  Dr. Kaufman allows the reader to share in a very personal way her frustrations and her sadness.  It is compelling reading. "Diabesity:  The Obesity-Diabetes Epidemic That Threatens America--And What We Must Do to Stop It" will enlighten you about the realities of diabetes.  It is a book that just might change your lifeIt was not a book that I was anxious to read but one that I felt was important to read.    Very highly recommended!
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