Back to Ask the Diabetes Team Ask the Diabetes Team

From Monroe, Georgia, USA:

My six year old nephew is severely obese (weighs 130-135 pounds), there's a strong family history of type 2 diabetes, and doctors think he may have it (awaiting test results). If his parents do not get his weight under control, what could possibly happen to him? Doctors have said he could be wheelchair bound by mid-teens or possibly dead by early 20s. Is this accurate? Where can we go for food plan information for child his age with so much weight to lose?


I agree that his weight is likely to pose a significant health risk including early death if no interventions are made. There are many causes of such weight gain which should be clearly investigated by his pediatrician and a pediatric endocrinologist.


Original posting 22 Jan 2003
Posted to Research: Causes and Prevention


  Back to Ask the Diabetes Team Return to the Top of This Page

Last Updated: Tuesday April 06, 2010 15:09:42
This Internet site provides information of a general nature and is designed for educational purposes only. If you have any concerns about your own health or the health of your child, you should always consult with a physician or other health care professional.

This site is published by T-1 Today, Inc. (d/b/a Children with Diabetes), a 501c3 not-for-profit organization, which is responsible for its contents. Our mission is to provide education and support to families living with type 1 diabetes.
By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use, Legal Notice, and Privacy Policy.
© Children with Diabetes, Inc. 1995-2018. Comments and Feedback.