Many women coming out of prison have fallen behind the information curve while in prison concerning the diet and health of their children. At least 50 percent of the children of incarcerated mothers are under ten years of age.
Whereas many of the women will not have contact with their kids while incarnated, they can ask questions and look for information to understand not only the current dietary habits of their children but also questions concerning their health which will go a long way towards shedding light on some of the situations they will face on release.
Just asking these questions will sometimes stimulate interest or motivate current caretakers to take some sort of action that might not have been taken otherwise. Diabetes is a growing problem among kids and one with long term implications. “….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
…..” ‘…recently published findings that the disease progresses more rapidly in children than in adults and is harder to treat, experts said…”
‘……The study, published online on Monday in the journal Pediatrics, analyzes data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, which has a nationally representative sample. They were not entirely able to explain why diabetes and prediabetes rates had continued to rise while obesity held steady, but they said it may have taken time for the disease to “catch up” with teenagers who were overweight or sedentary as children….”
‘……Other factors may also play a role, including the increasing use of computer and mobile devices that has made youngsters more inactive and the growth of minority ethnic and racial groups who have higher rates of diagnosed diabetes than whites.
The study did not differentiate between adolescents who had diabetes and those with prediabetes, but most are likely to be prediabetic, experts said. That means blood glucose levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to diagnose diabetes….”