The rise in childhood diabetes and obesity needs to be a front and center concern of all parents and health care professionals who treat children.
I personally feel that there is not enough focus on the cause for this and I think it has something to with how much sweeteners are added to processed foods especially GMO HFCS. There are several solutions to this but the simplest one is to avoid foods that have any added sweetening even if it is the so called no calorie kind.
The article discusses a study done with children from normal weight to obese and it was found that obese children cannot taste sweet as much as normal weight children can. To me this could indicate that the more sweetened food one consumes the less one can taste sweet.