Type 2 diabetes is preventable with the main cause being a poor diet and lack of exercise.
TYPE 2 diabetes cases among children soared by 14 per cent last year as the obesity epidemic escalates.
Health experts said the rise in the condition, which is usually seen in the over-40s, was “hugely disturbing”.
Type 2 diabetes is largely preventable, with the No1 cause poor diet and lack of exercise.
Last year in England and Wales 621 patients in children’s diabetes units had treatment for the condition.
The true scale is likely to be much higher as the statistics do not cover kids treated by GPs.
Type 2 diabetes increases the risk of heart problems, stroke, blindness, nerve damage and kidney disease.
Izzi Seccombe, of the Local Government Association, said: “This is a hugely disturbing trend.