I think it's safe to say that most of American children's diets include this food category (if you can really even call it food...it's definitely not REAL food) and it's a contributing factor to the growing epidemic of autoimmune conditions among our pediatric populations, including obesity and type 2 diabetes.
The Food Babe, has done a nice job of sharing her thoughts and research of why this American breakfast staple has such detrimental effects here so I won't reinvent the wheel but only offer a few facts about our ever declining pediatric health because it just makes me so darned mad.
Did you know that
Childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years. 1
Obese youth are more likely to have risk factors for cardiovascular disease, such as high cholesterol or high blood pressure. In a population-based sample of 5- to 17-year-olds, 70% of obese youth had at least one risk factor for cardiovascular disease. 2
Recent research suggests that diabesity, as it's referred to by Chris Kresser, is characterized by chronic, low-grade inflammation and a continuous stimulation of the innate immune system. 3
Inflammation nearly always accompanies both obesity and diabetes and is independently capable of causing it without overweight – as evidenced by the presence of T2DM in Asian populations that are relatively lean. 4