Childhood obesity: increased risk for nonalcoholic fatty liver disease

November 25, 2014 8:02 AM

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Childhood obesity: increased risk for nonalcoholic fatty liver disease

High blood pressure and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) are considered to be emerging health problems related to the childhood obesity epidemic. NAFLD is the inappropriate storage of droplets of fat inside liver cells, and it affects nearly 10% of all children in the US.

The condition is also the most common cause of chronic liver disease in the US. NAFLD is most common among overweight children and teenagers, and it can develop in conjunction with diabetes and other health problems.

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