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E. Obesity And Childhood Diabetes

Narrator: This is Science Today. In the last decade, there's been an almost sixteen-fold increase in cases of children with Type 2, or adult onset, diabetes. Dr. Kenneth Jones, who heads the University of California, San Diego's Division of Endocrinology and Diabetes, says parents of obese children or those who have a family history of diabetes, should be aware of the symptoms.

Jones: Increased frequency in urination, volume of urination, urinating at night and the younger patients return to bed wetting after being dry for periods of years and increased thirst are probably the major things that the parents need to look for.

Narrator: As in adults, the first line of defense is diet and exercise.

Jones: And this gets us to the issue of the increasing epidemic and is it caused by the increasing frequency of obesity in this country and what do we need to do about that? And certainly this is going to be a major public health problem over the coming years. If we are to arrest this epidemic of obesity, we need to attack it early.

Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.