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Obesity and type 2 diabetes in children, 1996-7 to 2003-4

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 17 November 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:1167

Rising levels of obesity and type 2 diabetes mellitus in children and adolescents are an increasing cause for concern in the UK and worldwide.w1-w3We used hospital episode statistics to investigate the rates of admission of children aged 0-18 years to English hospitals for obesity and type 2 diabetes.

The bottom line

  • Numbers of new patients aged 0 to 18 years admitted to hospital with obesity and type 2 diabetes mellitus have risen significantly, especially since 2001

We looked at first admissions in patients aged 18 years and under who were admitted to hospital with a primary or secondary diagnosis of obesity or type 2 diabetes. The numbers for just the primary diagnosis are lower than …

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