Over 600 children are treated for a type of diabetes

The 14% increase in Type 2 in one year is due to growing rates of child obesity Some 621 children received Type 2 diabetes care in the year ending March 2016 Fifteen of the children having therapy were aged between five and nine years old These figures show an increase in the number of cases of 76 versus 2014/15 Figures count only children treated in paediatric practice, not other NHS trusts

By Steve Doughty Social Affairs Correspondent For The Daily Mail

Published: 15:36 BST, 11 August 2017 | Updated: 15:36 BST, 11 August 2017

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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)

Over 600 children have contracted a type of diabetes normally only seen in adults (stock)

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