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typical onset in late adulthood in most parts of the world, is now emerging in children right across Asia.

According to the International Diabetes Institute (IDI), 89 million Asians now have diabetes, with 8.8 million in Pakistan.

The problem shows no sign of abating. By 2025, Asia is expected to have 170 million diabetics. And with the number of fast food joints continuing to grow, it is hard to see things changing.

In an increasingly acquisitive society, it seems that for many in Pakistan it is the concept of food on the go that is the key to the fast food chains' appeal.

Amanat Chann explains: "For people in the commercial areas, time is short, so they want food prepared at speed."

And of course it is the money they earn that allows them to eat at fast food restaurants whenever they choose. Short on time, high on disposable income, and fast food options galore: it's a lethal combination.

You can only hope that the WHO report sparks a change in the diets of Pakistan's population.

In a country still at the beginning of a long road to recovery after its worst natural disaster - the Oct 8 earthquake killed 86,000 people - a diabetes epidemic on the scale that has been predicted could be a problem in many ways even harder to resolve.


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