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Childhood obesity quadruples risk for type 2 diabetes

April 25, 2017

Compared with children with normal weight, children with obesity are four times more likely to develop incident type 2 diabetes before reaching adulthood, according to findings published in the Journal of the Endocrine Society.

“As the prevalence of obesity and being overweight has rapidly risen, an increasing number of children and young adults have been diagnosed with diabetes in the United Kingdom since the early 1990s,” Ali Abbasi, MD, PhD, of King’s College London, United Kingdom, said in a press release. “A child with obesity faces a fourfold greater risk of being diagnosed with diabetes by age 25 than a counterpart who is normal weight.”

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