Diabetic supersizing has created the two-headed monster of type 2 diabetes and obesity. Here is how it happens and what you can do about it.
It is not hard to find evidence of the connection to our Western diet.
The aborigines of Australia prove the link between fast food, diabetic supersizing and obesity.
Their continent has seen the number of new type 2 diabetics rise 43% in four years.
But among the aborigines, type 2 diabetes is growing four times faster than the rest of Australia.
At the same time, fast food chains have grown by huge numbers there.
It seems that switching to the Western diet has brought on the epidemic.
Fast food is cheap and ready to eat, making it hard to resist.
Laboratory mice confirm the link between type 2 diabetes and our Western diet.
Researchers fed mice a daily diet equal to a man eating one McDonald meal and eight cans of soda.
That diet is 40% saturated fat and high fructose corn syrup.
They expected to see a change in the mice but were shocked at how fast it came.
After only four weeks blood tests showed insulin resistance and high liver enzymes.
Those are the beginning signs of type 2 diabetes and non-alcohol fatty liver disease.
Doctors believe that one out of eight children today already has signs of non-alcohol fatty liver disease.
The reason? It is too much refined sugar and too much white flour, which breaks down into glucose as fast as sugar.
Children get about 40% of their meals from fast food, convenience stores and restaurants. That means prepackaged food and snacks make up almost half of what they eat.
Take supersizing and add in the processed cereal and white bread that most kids eat.
Diabetic supersizing is a modern issue, and so is the epidemic of type 2 diabetes.
We can look at our recent history and see what has happened.
In the early 1800s the average amount of sugar we ate was 12 pounds a year. In the year 2000 the average grew to 150 pounds a year.
Some of us eat as much as 5 pounds per week.
No, we do not eat that much sugar by the spoon, but sugar in many forms is added to processed foods and drinks.
Sodas, fast food and bigger portions make it easy to get way too much sugar.
The worst things about all this refined sugar are the sugar addiction, increased hunger and hormone imbalances.
They lead to a suppressed immune system, depression, fatigue and inflammatory diseases ranging from migraines to cancers.
Included among those diseases is type 2 diabetes.
On average we Americans eat one quarter more calories a day than we ate in the 1970s.
At the same time we have become more sedentary, setting us up for a train wreck of obesity and type 2 diabetes.
Diabetic supersizing has helped this happen.
There is proof that portion size affects how much we eat without our being aware of it.
In one test moviegoers were given tubs of popcorn in different sizes.
After the movie, the left over popcorn was measured, proving that the size of the tubs did not matter.
The same amount was eaten from all of them.
We will eat what is in our hands or on our plate. That simple fact is why diabetic supersizing is so bad.
Making portions bigger happened as restaurant businesses grew.
Eating out has become part of American life, creating intense competition.
Here is a story that one bakery owner wrote in her blog.
She made and sold muffins for years before the arrival of supersized muffins.
She was forced to buy new muffin tins and double the amount of batter she used.
Everyone wanted the bigger muffins, so to stay in business she joined the supersize crowd.
the number of calories in a muffin doubled. This is only one example.
Compare an American croissant to a French one. Ours are twice as big.
The "make it bigger" idea took over the fast food and restaurant
Diabetic supersizing has helped bring us to this place. Cutting portion sizes helps, but there is another powerful change we can make.
Whether processed foods are from restaurants or from the grocery store, they have SoFAs, which are refined carbohydrates and hidden sugars.
White flour and wheat flour that is not truly whole wheat are examples. Processed foods in the Western diet have had most of the nutrients processed out.
Here is proof. Foods like bread and cereal are "fortified" with added vitamins and minerals. Why?
The whole food they came from was full of nutrients. The bran part of wheat is packed with B vitamins.
The molasses part of raw sugar has iron and other minerals that are processed out, leaving us with simple white sugar.
There are no "bad" carbohydrates in their natural state. But we have gotten used to empty calories in our bread, cereal, pasta, sugar - the list goes on.
You could eat fewer calories and not see your diabetes improve if you stick with our traditional Western diet.
The best answer is to cut out those empty calories.
Stop eating the high glycemic processed foods and refined sugars. You will lose weight, plus you will lower your blood sugar naturally.
It may not be easy, but if you choose to change you will see the results with your own eyes.
Once you understand the reasons you fight type 2 diabetes and obesity, you can win against them.
Give your body good things to live on, watch those portion sizes, and diabetic supersizing will not be a problem for you.
I hope these things make your journey with type 2 diabetes into a road to better health.