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Child diabetes referrals in England and Wales jump 50% amid obesity crisis

Diabetes UK warns cost of living crisis could aggravate problem and accuses government of ‘letting our children down’

The number of children being treated at paediatric diabetes units (PDUs) in England and Wales has increased by more than 50% amid a “perfect storm” of rising obesity levels and the cost of living crisis, health leaders have said.

Diabetes UK said alarming obesity levels among children had led to a “concerning climb” in the number diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, and predicted that the cost of living crisis could lead to further problems in the years to come.

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