In the USA cases of childhood diabetes are soaring.
The statistics show an epidemic getting out of control.
In the USA the number of overweight children has doubled in the last two decades. A quarter of American children are overweight.
Childhood diabetes in the USA has shot up in the last two decades, the American Diabetes Association show. In addition, a third of American children born in 2000 are going to develop diabetes in their lifetime.
The tradition has been seeing adults with type 2 diabetes. However, there have been increasingly more and more children with diabetes.
Nine out of ten diabetics in the USA have type 2 diabetes, a largely preventable condition that occurs when the body fails to properly use insulin, the hormone that helps the body change food into energy.
Recent research shows type 2 diabetes is almost always associated with obesity. Some people’s genes make them more susceptible to both obesity and diabetes, but lifestyles are the greatest predictor.
Diabetes has a great impact on children, with many of them facing possible blindness, heart disease, depression, amputations or kidney failure.
For the first time in recent history, children in the States for the first time are expected to have shorter lifespans than their parents. The obesity epidemic is shortening life spans dramatically.

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