REPORT: Toddlers are increasingly being treated for diabetes

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Toddlers and young children are being treated for high blood pressure, diabetes and knee-joint problems as a damning result of the nation’s obesity crisis, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.

The numbers of youngsters having treatment for conditions usually seen in middle-aged adults has soared in the last decade. Hospital appointments for diabetes where obesity is a factor have more than doubled since 2014, and there are similar figures for youngsters with high blood pressure.

Doctors have also seen sharp increases in the number of children with weight-related knee damage and gallstones, NHS figures reveal. In addition, appointments for sleep apnoea – where the airway becomes obstructed often because someone is overweight – have rocketed.

Ministers have pledged to halve childhood obesity rates by year 2030. But more than a fifth of children are now overweight or obese when they start primary school, rising to almost four in ten by the time they leave for secondary school.

NHS data also revealed that there were 192 appointments for kids with diabetes in 2021, almost three times the number in 2014. This included 22 children under the age of four. Many experts warn that when type 2 diabetes occurs in children, it is far more aggressive than in adults.

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