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What is the biggest cause of type 2 diabetes in children?

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The single biggest cause of type 2 diabetes in children is extra weight. In the United States, nearly one out of every three children is overweight. Once a child gets too heavy, she's twice as likely to get diabetes.

SOURCES: 

American Diabetes Association: "Friends & Family: Their Responses to Your Child's Diabetes," "Teens & Young Adults." 

WebMD Medical News: "Obesity Doubles Kids' Risk of Diabetes: To Save Kids' Health, U.S. Must Tackle Childhood Obesity, Doctor Says." 

American Academy of Pediatrics.

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on February 18, 2019

SOURCES: 

American Diabetes Association: "Friends & Family: Their Responses to Your Child's Diabetes," "Teens & Young Adults." 

WebMD Medical News: "Obesity Doubles Kids' Risk of Diabetes: To Save Kids' Health, U.S. Must Tackle Childhood Obesity, Doctor Says." 

American Academy of Pediatrics.

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on February 18, 2019

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