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Does Childhood Obesity Cause Liver Disease?

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A new study claims that obesity during childhood and teenage years could raise the risk of liver diseases after middle age in men.

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Researchers conducted a study in which they have followed up the test subjects for a span of 4 decades to come to this conclusion. More than 45 thousand people were part of the study.

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Males whose BMI was more than 25 are said to have 65% higher risk compared to others when it comes to developing liver diseases after a particular age.

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For every slight increase in the BMI, the risk keeps increasing say researchers. The reason behind this risk could be prolonged exposure to obesity. And when a person is obese since childhood, the period of obesity tends to be longer.

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Obesity could lead to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Researchers say that the risk starts from childhood obesity and that is why there is a need to curb the problem since childhood by taking the right measures.

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When children are young, educating them about healthy eating habits and exercises is very important and that might help them even when they grow up.

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Story first published: Sunday, June 19, 2016, 21:14 [IST]
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