said her research shows there is evidence of an increase
in incidence of type II diabetes and that it is related
to poor nutrition and a general lack of physical activity
among school age children.
11, 2002 (Lexington, Ky.) -- Jody
Clasey, a University of Kentucky College of Education
professor, has been appointed by Lt. Gov. Stephen
Henry to a task force charged with fighting the increase
in obesity and diabetes in Kentucky's children.
a researcher and professor in the Department of Kinesiology
and Health Promotion, was appointed to the executive
steering committee of the Lieutenant Governor's Task
Force on Childhood Nutrition and Fitness. She was
also named chair of the task force's subcommittee
on research and grants.
established the task force last year, Lt. Gov. Henry
cited several national and regional studies that showed
Kentucky children rank among the highest in the country
for childhood obesity. There was a causal link between
this problem and a marked increase in the cases of
type II diabetes in children nationally over the last
10 years, said Tonya Chang, Health Services Liaison
for Lt. Gov. Henry's office.
diabetes was formerly known as "adult onset"
diabetes. However the term "adult onset"
has been dropped in recent years due to an alarming
rise of diabetes in school age children nationwide.
This problem is of specific concern to Kentucky, Clasey
said. Clasey said her research shows there is evidence
of an increase in incidence of type II diabetes and
that it is related to poor nutrition and a general
lack of physical activity among school age children.