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Overweight Teenagers are at Risk for Liver Disease

Posted Sep 09 2008 2:09am

In a recent article by the associated press it was announced that heavy teenagers run the risk of developing severe liver damage. Some of these teens have even had liver transplants.

Experts warn that many of these teens will need liver transplants by the time they reach their thirties and forties. Liver disease which can develop into cirrhosis and liver failure or liver cancer, is being seen in kids in the United States, Europe, Australia and even some developing countries, according to a surge of recent medical studies and doctors interviewed by The Associated Press.

Experts including the American Liver Foundation conclude that two to five percent of American children over the age of five have the condition, called nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. Nearly all of these children are obese or overweight.

As parents what can we do about this? First of all you can show a good example to your son or daughter by eating healthy and providing healthy foods for your children. Also encourage your children to participate in school sports or exercise as a family.

Click here for more information on this topic and to read the full article from the Associated Press.

Visit the American Liver Foundation

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