England & Wales: ‘alarming’ rise in children treated for type 2 diabetes

07 November 2018

The number of children and young people being treated for type 2 diabetes in England and Wales has gone up from 507 to 715 in four years, new figures show.

More than three-quarters (78.6%) of these were also obese, according to the National paediatric diabetes audit 2016-17, published by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH). Almost half (49.8%) of those treated for type 2 diabetes in 2016-17 were black or Asian. They were also more likely to be female and living in a deprived area.

Professor Russell Viner, president of the RCPCH, said: ‘A rise in type 2 diabetes of this magnitude is alarming and shows that the childhood obesity epidemic is starting to bite.’

NHS data shows that one in five 10- and 11-year-olds and one in 10 four- and five-year-olds are obese.

Kathryn Kirchner, clinical adviser at Diabetes UK, added: ‘These figures are a stark reminder that we have a collective responsibility to push for the actions outlined in the most recent chapter of the childhood obesity plan, including clearer and more consistent food labelling.’

49.8% of those treated for type 2 diabetes in 2016-17 were black and Asian.


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