Child diabetes up 40%

With obesity being the single greatest risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, it says the figures underline the critical need to urgently tackle the childhood obesity crisis.

According to the latest figures for 2016/17 from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, 715 children and young people under the age of 25 received care for Type 2 diabetes from paediatric diabetes units in England and Wales, of which 78.6 per cent were also obese. The data shows an increase of 41 per cent on the 507 cases from 2013/14.

Type 2 diabetes can lead to serious health problems such as blindness, heart disease, kidney failure and lower-limb amputation.

Unlike Type 1 diabetes, Type 2 is largely preventable and is closely linked to lifestyle, such as unhealthy eating or lack of exercise.

The LGA is urging government to reverse the £600 million cut to councils’ public health funding, which is used to help fight obesity.

LGA Deputy Chairman Cllr Izzi Seccombe, said: “Councils, with their public health responsibilities, are on the frontline fighting obesity, but for this to work effectively they need to be properly resourced.

“Cutting their public health funding is short-sighted and undermines any  attempt to help our children live healthy and fulfilling lives.”

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