Non-alcoholic hepatic steatosis, popularly known as “fatty liver”, corresponds to the most common liver disease worldwide. Specifically, it is estimated that 30% of the general population and up to 70-90% of people with obesity or type 2 diabetes suffer from this disease which, although asymptomatic, is far from innocuous. Even more, a recent study shows that childhood obesity is exposing very young children to fatty liver.
To that conclusion have reached the scientists from the University of Columbia, in the USA. According to them, the children that suffer from overweight or obesity before the age of three and don’t change their dietary habits in the meantime are at a higher risk of developing the fatty liver disease or non-alcoholic hepatic steatosis after the age of eight.
Jennifer Woo Baidal, the leading researcher of this study, explains that “given the increase in the prevalence of childhood obesity, we are seeing more and more cases of children with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease in pediatric consultations but many parents know that obesity can lead to the development of type 2 diabetes and other metabolic diseases but they are much less aware that obesity, even in young children, can trigger the onset of serious liver diseases.”
Childhood obesity may cause fatty liver which is a serious, life-threatening disease
The non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is characterized by the accumulation of fat vesicles in liver cells and, as a result of this accumulation, an inflammation occurs that ends up damaging the cells and, eventually, the entire liver and can lead to liver cirrhosis and liver cancer.
In short, the risk of developing the non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is much higher in obese children up to 3-year-old.
Luckily, this disease can be avoided by implementing a healthy balanced diet for your children if they suffer from obesity. Don’t forget that good habits are learned in from the parent, so it’s your duty, as a parent, to teach your kids about healthy eating.
In conclusion, a gloomy report has been released by researchers from the University of Columbia, who conducted a study that concluded that childhood obesity is exposing children to fatty liver, also known as the non-alcoholic hepatic steatosis, a serious liver disease which may develop into cirrhosis and even liver cancer.