Narrator: This is Science Today. With the increasing rate of childhood obesity in this country, there's also been a dramatic rise in children with Type 2 diabetes, also known as adult onset diabetes. Kenneth Jones, a pediatric endocrinologist at the University of California, San Diego says in fact, over the past decade there's been over a ten-fold increase.
Jones: In the early part of the decade, we saw perhaps one patient with this diagnosis - maybe two a year. Last year, we had thirteen patients present in the same population. It is certainly increasing - some people would say in epidemic proportions.
Narrator: Currently, childhood Type 2 diabetes affects all ethnic and racial groups in this country, but it is more prevalent in Native-, African- and Mexican-Americans.
Jones: Certainly any family that has diabetes in it, particularly Type 2 diabetes, this is a major risk factor. The risk goes up if the child becomes obese. We need to try to find some public health approach which will arrest this.
Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.