Obesity is very much a part of modern-day western society and with obesity comes a vastly increased risk of contracting diabetes. A recent study has revealed that children who are obese are actually twice as likely to already have developed diabetes as children with normal body fat. The study is published in leading diabetes journal Diabetes Care.
The study was conducted at the University of Michiga, and investigated a vast study group. Their findings displayed that just under 230,000 children, which works out as 3.2 per 1000 American children under 18 years old, have diabetes at this stage. Their findings also showed that one-third of these children were obese.
The University of Michigan sanctioned the study in their Children’s Hospital, and it was carried out by the Child Health Evaluation Board (CHEAR). The data for the study actually arose from the National Survey of Children’s Health, and enormous household telephone survey across America.
Joyce Lee, the head author of the study, stated that: “As children’s waistlines have continued to grow so has concern that obesity will lead to even more children developing diabetes before they’ve graduated from high school. And caring for the combination of these children’s diabetes and obesity may place more strain on the health care system.”

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