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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.

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