Eating Away at Health


By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.

A study indicates that some overweight or obese young adults may have eating patterns that could lead to conditions such as diabetes. At Emory University in Atlanta, researcher EunSeok Cha saw this in data on 106 people ages 18 to 29.

Cha says obese young adults with metabolic risk factors ate fewer vegetables, and more calories, added sugars, and salt, than those without those risk factors.

“When a person has prediabetes but does not engage in preventive activity, it is likely they will develop diabetes in three to five years. This younger age group has been understudied and needs more attention.”

The study reported at a meeting of the American Association of Diabetes Educators was supported by the National Institutes of Health.

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HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Ira Dreyfuss.

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