Holiday overeating may contribute to bleak diabetes picture

While many individuals may set New Year's resolutions to eat healthier and exercise more, studies have shown that few actually follow through. This means that weight gained during the holiday season may lead to obesity and increase the risk of type 2 diabetes later in life.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has estimated that up to one third of U.S. adults may have diabetes by the year 2050. Poor dietary and exercise habits are among the leading contributors to this rapid march toward a public health crisis.

Anna Key, an Alabama-based dietician, told local ABC affiliate WAAY that several years' worth of overindulging around the holidays is taking a heavy toll on the health of many individuals.

“The main theme is that people are not losing the weight in the new year, so it's this slow accumulation that adds up to 30 or 40 pounds of weight 5-10 years down the road," she told the news source.

She added that many people now have pre-diabetes or type 2 diabetes and do not even know about it.
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