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Type 2 Diabetes Rises Amongst Young People in England and Wales

In just four years the number of children and young people receiving medical treatment for Type 2 Diabetes in England and Wales has significantly rose to 715 from 507.

Data from the NHS showed that over three-quarters of these children/young adults were also obese, causing experts to state that childhood obesity is becoming an epidemic.

Type 2 Diabetes can cause a wide variety of health problems in a person, and can lead to serious conditions such as strokes, kidney problems and heart disease. Councils have stated that more must now be done to overcome the problem of childhood obesity.

The Local Government Association said that it was “extremely worrying” that more and more young people, including children, are now developing Type 2 Diabetes. Data has revealed that now, one in five children aged 10 and 11 are obese.

President of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, Professor Russell Viner, said “A rise in Type 2 Diabetes of this magnitude is alarming and shows that the childhood obesity epidemic is starting to bite.”

One of the main risk factors for developing type 2 diabetes is being overweight or obese. Clinical Adviser at Diabetes UK, Kathryn Kirchner, said “These figures are a stark reminder that we have a collective responsibility to push for the actions outlined in the most recent chapter of the childhood obesity plan, including clearer and more consistent food labelling.”

An individual speaking on behalf of the Department of Health and Social Care said, “We’ve invested billions in public health services and have already removed the equivalent of 45 million kilograms of sugar from soft drinks every year. Our new childhood obesity plan will now get children exercising more in schools and reduce their exposure to sugary and fatty foods.”

 

 

BBC News. ‘Rise in Type 2 Diabetes in Young People in England and Wales.’ BBC News Online. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-45224668   (20 August 2018).

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