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Adult obesity rates reach 35 percent in seven US states

Seven US states had adult obesity rates at or above 35 percent in 2017, up from five states in 2016, and no state had a statistically significant improvement in its obesity rate over the past year, according to new national data reported in the 15th annual State of Obesity Report, 'Better Policies for a Healthier America', released by Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF);

Large increase in T2DM among UK youngsters

More and more young people are being treated for Type 2 diabetes, according to a study from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) that has reported that the number of patients in their youth being treated for type 2 diabetes has risen by 41 percent over the last four years.

The team looked at data from 715 people under the age of 25 years treated for type 2 diabetes in England and Wales between 2016 and 2017. They noted that 78.6 percent of the patients were obese.

US diabetes diagnoses to triple and prevalence to double by 2060

The number of US adults with diagnosed diabetes is projected to nearly triple and the percent prevalence double - by 2060 – according to a study by researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, and Merck Research Laboratories. They reported that the projected number and percent of adults with diagnosed diabetes would increase from 22.3 million (9.1%) in 2014 to 39.7 million (13.9%) in 2030, and to 60.6 million (17.9%) in 2060.

High body fat not BMI linked to increase in mortality post-CAGB

Research presented at this year's Euroanaesthesia congress in Vienna, Austria, shows that mortality in patients who had undergone heart bypass surgery was over four times higher in individuals with a high body fat mass, while BMI by itself was not associated with an increase in mortality. The research was conducted by Dr Xavier Leroy of the Department of Anaesthesia and Resuscitation, CHU Lille, Lille, France and colleagues.

22 percent will have obesity and 12.5 percent T2DM by 2045

In 27 years from now, almost a quarter of the global population will be obese, according to research presented at the European Congress on Obesity in Vienna, if current trends continue 22 percent of people in the world will be obese by 2045, up from 14 percent in 2017. In addition, one in eight people (12.5%) will have type 2 diabetes and increase from up from one in 11 from 2017.

Obesity rates for US adults continues to climb

Obesity rates have continued to climb significantly among American adults, but the same is not the case for children, according to a report by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which found that obesity among adults increased to about 40 percent in 2015-2016, up from 34 percent in 2007-2008. That means two of every five adults now struggle with obesity. Meanwhile, about 18.5 percent of kids were obese in 2015-2016, compared with 17 percent in 2007-2008.

US data shows childhood obesity continues to increase

Despite reports in recent years suggesting childhood obesity in the US could be reaching a plateau in some groups, the big picture on obesity rates for children ages two to 19 remains unfavourable, according to a new analysis from Duke Health researchers. They found that three decades of rising childhood obesity continued their upward trend with 35.1 percent of children in the US overweight in 2016, a 4.7 percent increase compared to 2014.

Type 2 diabetes increasingly common in children

After reviewing data on 10- to 19-year-olds in primarily five states (California, Colorado, Ohio, South Carolina and Washington), researchers have determined that 12.5 out of every 100,000 of them had a bona fide case of Type 2 diabetes in 2011 and 2012. That compares with nine cases per 100,000 youth in 2002 and 2003. The study appears in the New England Journal of Medicine.

After accounting for age, gender, race and ethnicity, the study authors found that the incidence of Type 2 diabetes in this age group rose by an average of 4.8 percent per year during the study period.

Nearly half of all bariatric surgeries in US are LSGs

Sleeve gastrectomy has become the most popular method of weight-loss surgery in America, surpassing laparoscopic gastric bypass, which had been the most common procedure for decades, according to researchers from Cleveland Clinic. The findings, ‘Recent national trends in the surgical treatment of obesity: sleeve gastrectomy dominates’, were presented at ObesityWeek 2015, hosted by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) and The Obesity Society (TOS).

Diabetes increases in the UK by 60% in a decade

The number of people living with diabetes in the UK has soared by 59.8 per cent in a decade, according to an analysis by Diabetes UK. The new figures, extracted from official NHS data, show that there are now 3,333,069 people diagnosed with diabetes, which is an increase of more than 1.2 million adults compared with ten years ago when, in 2005, there were 2,086,041 people diagnosed with the condition. This does not take into account the 590,000 adults estimated to have undiagnosed diabetes in 2013-2014. Approximately 90% of cases are type 2 diabetes.

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