Are pizza and fast food to blame?
The disease is most common in overweight children with belly fat and certain warning signs, such as diabetes or cholesterol or heart problems. Genetics, diet and exercise level all play a role. It is most prevalent among Hispanics, relatively rare among African-Americans and more common among boys than girls. Concerned parents can request a blood test for liver enzyme levels.
Momlogic pediatrician Dr. Cara Natterson says, "This is yet another illustration of the devastating obesity epidemic in our country. Close to 17% of American children under the age of 20 are obese. The medical consequences of obesity are far-reaching--including diabetes, heart disease, joint failure and now nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. Pediatricians, public health experts, nutritionists and parents each have important jobs in the war against obesity. So many of these long-term health issues are avoidable or reversible if we fix the underlying cause."
|Dr. Cara Natterson, author of Your Toddler: Head To Toe is a pediatrician and mother of 2. To buy a copy of her book, click here. She is currently working on the forthcoming book entitled Dangerous or Safe?|