With Type 2 diabetes on the rise in kids, what does that say about efforts to encourage healthy living? – National

The number of kids being diagnosed each year with obesity-related diabetes is on the rise, according to a pediatric endocrinologist at the British Columbia Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Shazhan Amed is halfway through a study that will provide Canada with its first 10-year incidence trends for Type 2 diabetes, a disease that didn’t exist in kids as recently as 25 years ago.

“There’s a lot of work in the country around trying to support children, youth and families in adopting healthy lifestyles,” Amed says. “Looking at the rate over time is a really nice indicator of how well our efforts are working.”

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According to her preliminary results, they’re not working very well.

Amed, whose study is supported by the Canadian Paediatric Surveillance Program, says the last 12 months of data show many more children being diagnosed with the disease compared with the last time this information was gathered, between 2006 and 2008.

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