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Fatty liver disease more likely in obese children

According to a recent study, children who are obese have a greater risk of developing non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).

The research was conducted at the University of California-San Diego School of Medicine, with the results published in PLOS ONE. The study revealed that the rising levels of child obesity may be related to the greater increase of NAFLD and high blood pressure.

Almost 10% of children in the US are affected by NAFLD, which is the storage of fat droplets inside the liver cells. This is also a typical cause of chronic liver disease in the Western nation. NAFLD often occurs alongside of other health conditions, such as diabetes, and is most common in teenagers and children who are overweight or obese.

The study looked at 484 children aged between two and seventeen years old, who all had NAFLD. Data was collected by the National Institutes of Health Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis Clinical Research Network, which took blood pressure measurements at the start of the study and once again after 48 weeks.

High blood pressure was more probable in obese children and also more likely to be persistent in girls. The study revealed that children who had NAFLD and high blood pressure were more likely to develop serious liver and cardiovascular diseases.

Schools in the UK play a significant role in the control of child obesity by encouraging more exercise and a nutritious diet, usually with improved school meals and healthy tuckshop foods. Tyne and Wear institutions are among those encouraging a healthier lifestyle.

Posted by Susan
December 5, 2014
Research

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