Type 2 Diabetes did not exist in children merely 20 years ago. Once called Adult Onset Diabetes, the condition was renamed when younger people, and finally children, started to develop it. Type 2 Diabetes requires a genetic predisposition. If a parent, sibling or close blood relative, has it, it is likely that you have the gene for it too.
This new and needless epidemic in children is closely linked with the rise in obesity rates. Obesity is the main trigger that brings on diabetes in childhood. Obesity has increased dramatically in both the adult and child populations, bringing with it many serious health concerns.
Prevalence of overweight children and adolescents ages 6-19 years