A report published today, in Obesity Awareness Week, indicates that obese people are up to 80 times more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes than those who maintain a healthy weight.
The Diabetes UK report, Obesity and diabetes: a heavy burden, also indicates that Britain has the fastest growing rate of obesity in the developed world.
Although weight is not always a contributory factor in Type 2 diabetes, figures in the report suggest that the risk of developing the condition increases progressively as an individual's Body Mass Index (BMI) increases.
Once your BMI is over 30 you're already up to 10 times more likely to get diabetes. Over a ten-year period those with a BMI of over 35 are up to 80 times more likely to develop the condition than someone with a BMI of less than 22.
"These figures show the shocking extent to which obesity increases the risk of diabetes," said Douglas Smallwood, Chief Executive at Diabetes UK.
"Diabetes can lead to serious complications such as heart disease, stroke and blindness. In short, obesity can take years off people's lives. It's a problem that must be tackled now."