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Increase in Type 2 diabetes in children caused by pandemic

Distance learning, stress, eating junk food and lack of exercise have led to increases in Type 2 diabetes during the COVID-19 pandemic and it has some experts worried about the increase in children.

Dr. Mauricio Flores, a pediatric endocrinologist at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital in Wellington, said the increase in kids is concerning because it reflects an increase of diabetes in the general population.

“It feels like we are in an obesity pandemic on top of the (COVID-19) pandemic,” he said.