SOURCE: American Diabetes Association

American Diabetes Association

February 09, 2010 12:01 ET

American Diabetes Association Applauds First Lady Michelle Obama's Childhood Obesity Campaign

Campaign Could Help to Prevent Growing Type 2 Diabetes Epidemic

ALEXANDRIA, VA--(Marketwire - February 9, 2010) - The American Diabetes Association applauds First Lady Michelle Obama's childhood obesity campaign Let's Move! America's Move for a Healthier Generation. The Association was present during today's announcement at the White House.

Obesity is a major risk factor for the development of type 2 diabetes. If current trends in childhood obesity continue, nearly one in three American children born in the year 2000 (and one in two minorities) will develop type 2 diabetes in their lifetime. Diabetes is a leading cause of heart attack, stroke, blindness, amputation, and kidney disease, as well as death. Diabetes costs our country more than $174 billion a year.

"Diabetes is both personally devastating and extraordinarily costly," commented Richard Bergenstal, MD, President, Medicine & Science, American Diabetes Association. "But it doesn't have to be like this. Many times type 2 diabetes and diabetes complications can be prevented. That is why the American Diabetes Association is grateful to the First Lady for highlighting the childhood obesity epidemic. The Association has pledged to join the campaign and work to stop diabetes before it affects our youth. We simply cannot accept that one in three of today's children face a future with diabetes and its serious and deadly consequences."

The American Diabetes Association provides prevention initiatives on the national, state and local levels. Advocacy efforts focus on clinical preventive services such as early detection; community preventive services, like education initiatives; and research funding. The Association also works in communities to deliver education outreach to at-risk populations and people with diabetes.

The American Diabetes Association is leading the fight to stop diabetes and its deadly consequences and fighting for those affected by diabetes. The Association funds research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes; delivers services to hundreds of communities; provides objective and credible information; and gives voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes. Founded in 1940, our mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. For more information please call the American Diabetes Association at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit www.diabetes.org. Information from both these sources is available in English and Spanish.

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