[Food] OMG! It’s Teh Childhood Diabeetus!

OMG FLEEE TEH CHILDHOOD DIABEETUS! The media says it, ergo it is true, yo. Fat kids equal diabetic kids, right?


Junk Food Science is written by Sandy Szwarc. She has all these letters (BSN, RN, CCP) after her name, which means she is An Expert.

Her post A costly truism that’s not true— obesity has led to an epidemic of type 2 diabetes in young people is a must-read.

But I know you people. You don’t click through. Even when I threaten you. *sigh*


The journal’s [Pediatrics] peer-review process also failed to do a simple fact check of the data on the actual incidence of type 2 diabetes among American young people. As was covered in detail here, several large population studies have been done since 1988 on randomized samplings nationally representative of the population of young people, monitoring the trend of type 2 diabetes. These include the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) conducted by the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics, and five other large population-based studies that have followed children and teens, all of which have also measured type 2 diabetes by actual blood tests.

All of these large population studies have consistently shown that rates of type 2 diabetes among children and adolescents at the population level have remained unchanged. There is no epidemic of childhood diabetes. In fact, type 2 diabetes remains extremely rare among pediatric populations.

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