About Sugar Babies
In 2002, filmmaker Jenny Mackenzie’s four-year-old daughter was the 3rd generation in her family to be diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Ten years later, Mackenzie exposes the spiraling epidemics of both Type 1 and 2 diabetes in children through five real life stories, including her own. Type 1 diabetes is an ancient autoimmune disease, known for thousands of years. It cannot be cured, and until the discovery of insulin in 1922, it was fatal. Type 2 diabetes, the “lifestyle disease,” was rarely diagnosed in children until the last quarter of the 20th century. Now it is seen in younger and younger children as a result of the obesity epidemic, caused by diets high in sugar and by sedentary lifestyles. SUGAR BABIES explains the stakes and reveals the impact on its most vulnerable victims. Mackenzie uncovers the challenges and reveals the solutions that are within our reach, and what we can do to take back the health of our next generation.