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Dieticians warn of adult diseases striking young kids with poor diets

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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Dietitians have a warning parents need to pay attention to, as more young children are being diagnosed with adult diseases, such as Type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, high cholesterol - conditions normally associated with adults and the elderly. 

But thanks to poor diet and obesity, more kids are being handed those diagnoses from doctors.

“There's more children now with these symptoms and diseases than there ever was before,” said Grand Strand Medical Center dietitian Kelly Snow. “And there's also more adults with them too. And it starts from the beginning from when you're just a child.”

Snow said kids are eating all the wrong things. More availability and the ease of processed foods means kids are taking in more fatty foods, with higher sugar content, and sugary drinks.

With that has come a boom in childhood diabetes and insulin resistance. These same children are getting fatty liver disease, which increased chances to get cardiovascular disease, hypertension and an increased risk of stroke.

"I'm not trying to blame parents, but maybe it's a lack of  education,” Snow said. “They feel like it's okay for their kids to eat the wrong things because they're young. 'It's okay, their organs are young, it's not affecting them.'"

But it is. Snow said an unhealthy diet for a child sets up a lifetime of unhealthy food choices with a buffet of health issues. "It's really serious, you know, if you have an overweight child just know that you're going to have to deal with in the future. And it has a lot to do with your environment, what you're eating."

Snow said kids with family members with the above-mentioned disorders are especially at risk at a young age.

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