By Steve Doughty Social Affairs Correspondent For The Daily Mail
Published: 15:36 BST, 11 August 2017 | Updated: 15:36 BST, 11 August 2017
Over 600 children and teenagers have contracted a type of diabetes normally only seen in middle-aged adults, a report said today.
The 14 per cent increase in a year in Type 2 diabetes has been caused by the rise in numbers of children who are overweight and obese, it said.
The report from the Local Government Associations, the umbrella body for councils, said that while not every case is a result of children being overweight, obesity is the single greatest risk factor for the condition.
According to figures from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, 621 children and young people under the age of 25 received care for Type 2 diabetes from Paediatric Diabetes Units in England and Wales in the financial year that ended in March 2016. Of these more than three quarters - 78.5 per cent - were children considered to be obese. Fifteen of the children with Type 2 were aged between five and nine.
The figures meant an increase of 76 cases over numbers in 2014/15.
Over 600 children have contracted a type of diabetes normally only seen in adults (stock)
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