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Is pediatric fatty liver disease on the rise?

Joel Lavine, MD
Pediatric Gastroenterology
Rates of fatty liver disease in children have gone up as obesity rates in children have also risen. Obesity increases the risk of fatty liver disease, a condition in which the liver contains excessive amounts of fat, which can affect normal liver functioning. About 10% of American children have fatty liver disease, according to some research. 

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