BBC Health Report: Type 2 diabetes rise in children 'disturbing'
14 Aug 2017
Over 600 children and adolescents are being treated for type 2 diabetes in England and Wales, with the increase being described as a "hugely disturbing trend", is being highlighted by local councils.
The statistics come from a report by child health experts which established 110 more cases amid under-19s in 2015-16 than two years previously.
The youngest age category affected are those aged between five and nine. Council leaders said critical changes to address the issue on childhood obesity was required.
The Local Government Association, which represents councils in England and Wales, added that government reductions imposed on public health budgets had restricted their resources and this, their ability to deal with the problem.