Fatty liver in children

Fatty liver in children

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So-called non-alcoholic fatty liver is believed to be the most common cause of chronic liver disease in children

Something is going wrong. There were heated conference calls among elementary school parents the other day because, in one group of girls as young as nine, the statement "She has too fat legs" like a poisoned arrow, behind the back of the girl to whom the sentence was addressed.

The girl was done with the world when she heard about it. Parents took hours to calm down. The father of a boy told me that his son, 13 years old, does not dare to go to the swimming pool because he is too fat. In general, he tried to avoid physical education classes, as far as he could with the deployment of an imposing vocabulary of injuries he suffered at Dr. Google finds is possible.

Where on the one side paranoia is geschurt and children other already as "fat" only if they are not skinny, on the other hand there is a real problem with overweight and obesity.

Every day comes a new study about overweight or obese children, so the impression. Yesterday, the European Parliament was told that Europe is the continent with the highest percentage of overweight children.

One in three children in Europe between the ages of six and nine is either overweight or obese, according to a study commissioned by the organization United European Gastroenterology (UEG). The study predicts that the number of overweight under-5s will rise from the current global estimate of 41 million to 70 million by 2025.

As the organization’s name suggests, the study has a specific focus, namely diseases of the gastrointestinal tract and related organs. It is learned that fatty liver, which is not caused by alcohol but, as the saying goes, fatty from wealth, is the most common cause of chronic liver disease in children and young adults in Western nations.

Further it heibt that 20 to 30 per cent of all chronicallyentzundlichen intestine illnesses develop already in the childhood. The warning is clear, it also applies to obesity, what sets in at a young age has a high probability of setting in permanently. The reason for this is poor nutrition, too many trans fats, sugar, salt, too few fruits and vegetables, whole grains.

The study, which draws its conclusions from the analysis of data from 46 European countries, is accompanied by appeals for timely preventive measures to be taken, and for gaps in treatment and prevention to be covered, as these have serious consequences for society. Even now, the cost of treating eating disorders is said to account for about one tenth of all health care expenditures in Europe.

The economic burden of treating obese adults is too heavy for the European region, the press quotes.com Herbert Tilg, a UEG member.

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