A Dangerous Disease Is On The Rise, And These Wildly Intelligent Teens Are Here To Explain Why

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Did you know that Type 2 diabetes (Wait! Don't click away yet!) is on the rise in young people? It's an issue that's ridiculously important but also incredibly complicated. What's causing it? How much blame can we place on the youth themselves? What do race and class issues have to do with it? Well, let me tell you: This performance nails every part of it. Every. Part.

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Woman: One, we want an end to Type 2 Diabetes in young people. We believe that, by causing diabetes, greed blinded corporations and deficient living conditions are directly responsible for blinding, and maiming and killing thousands annually.

Woman: This disease overwhelmingly devastates poor people of color.

Man: One in three Latino children.

Man: One in two black children who are born in 2000 will develop diabetes in their lifetime.

Woman: This is no longer our grandparents diseases, but a reality of heart attack, severed limbs, impotence.

Man: That many of us will face in the next ten years.

Man: If we do not hold the food industry.

Man: And Government responsible for their crime.

Man: Their crimes.

Man: We believe that by sharing our stories.

Woman: Organizing our communitees.

Man: Petitioning the Government.

Woman: And bettering our lifestyles, we can we determine the future of our health and communities.

Man: We want affordable healthy food. Fit for consumption by human beings. We believe that health should not have a price tag.

Man: That quality food should be available in all schools.

Woman: Work places and neighborhoods.

Man: The neighborhoods.

Woman: And neighborhoods.

Man: Today a bunch of broccoli cost more.

Woman: More than the full meal at a fast food restaurant.

Man: There are no grocery stores in poor neighborhoods, but liquor stores and fast food chains on every block.

Woman: These are not conditions were we can expect to live long healthy lives.

Man: We want education for our people that exposes the true nature of the decadent food industry. We believe it is our right to know where our food comes from and how it is made.

Man: What animal does a hot dog come from?

Woman: What exactly is Disodium Guanylate.

Man: The food industry sells us healthy brands and options.

Woman: Made with the same corn product, with same sugar content.

Man: By the same four major corporations.

Man: We believe that when we educate ourselves and our communities.

Man: And through boycotting and media pressure.

Man: Force the food industry to be more transparent.

Woman: These artificial foods will no longer be accepted.

Man: We want safe spaces in our communities to exercise and play.

Woman: We believe it is the individual's responsibility to maintain physical fitness.

Man: However, it is nearly impossible for those of us who live in neighborhoods without safe streets, parks and playgrounds.

Woman: Where the nearest substitute is often inside a fast foods restaurants play pen.

Man: Recreational facilities are readily available for wealthy neighborhoods.

Woman: While abandoned lots dot the landscape of low income communities.

Woman: We demand the redistribution of local Government funds.

Man: To make these resources available.

Woman: Available to all communities.

Woman: All communities.

Man: To all communities across California. Regardless of income.

Man: We want you to take action.

Woman: We want you to take action.

Woman: We want you to take action.

Man: We believe in a accordance with the above demands. It is the individual right and duty.

Woman: Make steps towards making these beliefs reality.

Man: We believe the revolution is yours to lead.

Man: Is yours.

Man: Yours to lead.

Woman: To lead.

Woman: To lead.

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Talk about collaborative efforts. Youth Speaks and the UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations have come together to lead The Bigger Picture Project (it's on Facebook!), which is a campaign against Type 2 diabetes. This awesome video is part of that project. And yep, I know the video mentions California in particular towards the end, but this is of course an issue that affects all of us across the nation (and the world).

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