I am trying to find real facts about the link between diabetes and obesity that is talked about so much. We are bombarded with messages that obesity can cause diabetes, perhaps because obesity is indeed a serious problem in our society, and a problem that has gradually been growing. I am under the impression that Europe has much less of an obesity problem than we do here in the USA. But does obesity cause diabetes? Or does diabetes simply cause obesity as a side effect in those who already had diabetes to begin with? What is the real link between diabetes and obesity?