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I was shocked to read in the Deccan Chronicle that a wonderful age such as childhood is turning out to be bitter for many children who have fallen prey to diabetes. This disease seems to be taking on alarming proportions. It is estimated that over 250 million people all over the world suffer from diabetes. What is scary is that the incidence of Type 2 diabetes previously thought to be an adult-only disease is now affecting an increasing number of children worldwide. It is widely associated with weight gain and lack of exercise,

More information can be had from The International Diabetes Foundation’s website on World Diabetes Day. I would urge all parents and those associated with bringing up children to read the page on Diabetes and Children.

The Fitness Centre at Saffola Life.com has lots of material on diet and activities for growing children. This will enable them to fight the danger of getting this dreadful disease. Many times parents are responsible for the slovenly ways of children simply because they neither have the time or the energy themselves to attend to the needs of their children. Peace is bought by allowing them to eat what they want, when they want. By and large, more healthy pursuits are buried to give preference to the more handy computer games or simply to loll around and watch movies and TV whenever they have a minute to spare.

Parenting, I believe, has a very important role in the development of children. They are such wonderful assets. Please take good care of them.

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This is Post No: 345 of the “A Step A Day” series : To provide perspective and provoke thought to facilitate self-development across a wide spectrum of issues- big and small- crucial for executive success.

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