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How common is nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) in children?

Joel Lavine, MD
Pediatric Gastroenterology
About 10% of children have nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), according to some research. The condition becomes more common as children reach adolescence and is more common in boys than in girls. Being obese and Hispanic also raises risk for fatty liver disease in children. An 18-year-old Hispanic obese boy has about an 80% likelihood of having fatty liver disease.

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