Rise of Type 2 diabetes in children

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There has been an alarming rise in Type 2 diabetes in children — a condition where blood sugar is poorly controlled usually associated with older adults. More than 600 children and teenagers in England and Wales are being treated for this sort of diabetes — a rise of 14 percent in a year — that reinforces the need for urgent action on obesity.

The Local Government Association, which represents more than 370 councils, states the continuing rise in cases of Type 2 diabetes in children is “a hugely disturbing trend” and an important reminder of one of the biggest public health challenges that the nation faces, before the first anniversary of the publication of the Government’s childhood obesity plan.

While not every case of Type 2 diabetes is as a result of becoming overweight and obese, it’s the single greatest risk factor.

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