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JAMA study reports on fatty liver disease in children and teens
Date:4/28/2011

ase Control, obesity affects 17 percent of children and teens in the United States, which is three times the rate of the previous generation. Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease occurs in approximately one out of six obese children, often without symptoms. While not life threatening to children, the disease, in which fat accumulates in the liver causing it to swell, can lead to scarring of the liver, sometimes requiring transplantation in adulthood.

Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease is more prevalent in boys than girls. It is more common in Hispanics than Caucasians and is less common in African-Americans.


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