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Diabetes Voice Online - July 2015

all people living with diabetes. Chinese kids are in crisis due to changing diets – fresh cooked meals to processed convenience foods loaded with sugar and salt. In one generation, the percentage of Chinese children who are overweight has skyrocketed from 5% to 20%.

activities is still being developed and field-tested, but the pilot has rapidly expanded with the help of channel partners.

The “A New Way to Eat” programme has three components: (1) A new “Food Hero Eating Framework” designed for kids, (2) innovative play-based primary-school curriculum across multiple subjects, and (3) healthy, tasty and affordable school-lunch recipes. The curriculum teaches kids to enjoy real food and be smarter food consumers. The full set of

Children’s perspectives on living with type 1 diabetes A group of diabetes researchers from three universities in the US, gave 40 adolescents disposable cameras and asked them to take pictures about what diabetes means to them. They discovered key differences in adolescents of different genders and socioeconomic classes that could shape patient care and diabetes education, especially for boys and lessaffluent young people. The findings, published in Diabetes Spectrum in May (Using photography as a method to explore adolescent

challenges and resilience in type 1 diabetes), may also help parents and families understand what their children are going through as they learn to live with diabetes. In fact, the research team is currently performing a similar study with parents of children who have type 1 diabetes to gain insights into the differences between parental and child perspectives on the disease. The project, which began in 2011 and concluded this year, included adolescents ages 12 to 19 from throughout Florida, USA.

UN sustainable development goals discriminatory? One of the main health targets proposed by the UN Sustainable Development Goals is to reduce premature mortality from non-communicable diseases such as cancer, stroke and dementia by a third. The goals for 2016-2030 define “premature” mortality as deaths occurring among people aged 69 years old or younger. According to Professor Peter Lloyd-Sherlock, professor of social policy and international development at University of East Anglia, and colleagues this is blatant “ageism”.

the expense of people aged 70 or more, according to the international group of signatories of the letter published in The Lancet, 30 May 2015. For more information:

The UN’s proposed Sustainable Development Goals target sends an unambiguous statement to UN member states that health provision for younger groups must be prioritized at 7

Diabetes Voice - Digital Edition July 2015  

In July’s issue, our Diabetes Voice contributors give us the opportunity to better understand the growing diabetes epidemic – nearly 400 mil...