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January 15, 1927

Special Article

JAMA. 1927;88(3):170-171. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02680290032011

THE POTENTIAL DIABETIC CHILD*  PRISCILLA WHITE, M.D.BOSTONOverheight in the diabetic child is more common than overweight in the diabetic adult in the past history of the patient. Previous to insulin therapy, surviving diabetic children soon fell far below height as well as weight, and the fact that the diabetic child was originally tall for his age escaped notice. The proof of overheight is furnished by the records of the heights at the onset of diabetes, as well as the maximum weights preceding the onset, in 100 diabetic children for whom these data were sufficiently explicit in the series of Dr. E. P. Joslin.Ninety per cent of our 100 diabetic children were overheight, in contrast to 80 per cent of 925 adults 1 who were overweight prior to the disease. It is generally admitted that overweight is a precursor of diabetes in an adult, and now we have