The majority of middle school-aged students are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes, according to researchers in Santa Barbara, California. What’s more, those who watch more television have higher amounts of body weight and fat. David J. Pettitt, MD, of the Sansum Medical Research Institute in Santa Barbara, California and colleagues, studied the behaviors and risk factors for developing diabetes of 126 boys and 128 girls in the 6th and 7th grades at two Santa Barbara County schools.
Sixty nine percent of the kids had at least one risk factor for developing diabetes. Those who watched two or more hours of television per night were more likely to be overweight or obese. Researchers, who presented their findings at the American Diabetes Association’s scientific sessions in June, say obesity and physical inactivity are two of the leading risk factors for developing type 2 in adulthood.