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A. Childhood Obesity Reaching Epidemic Proportions

Narrator: This is Science Today. Type 2 diabetes, which was once considered 'adult-onset', is now being diagnosed among children and teenagers. That's partly because an estimated fifteen percent of children and teens aged six to nineteen are overweight - and the rate of childhood obesity is on the rise. In fact, Joanne Ikeda, co-director of the Center for Weight and Health at the University of California, Berkeley, says it's becoming an epidemic.

Ikeda: So if you have a child who is large, you need to ask your doctor to be sure to check their blood sugar levels.

Narrator: While some kids may be more genetically susceptible to Type 2 diabetes, another contributing factor to the disease is a sedentary lifestyle.

Ikeda: When it's recess time, you often find the large children sitting on the sidelines, rather than running around and playing. It's really very important that children who are large and who have a parent or a relative with Type 2 diabetes become more physically active.

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