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Overweight kids 'risking liver disease'.

Byline: MARTIN BAGOT Health and Science Correspondent

OVERWEIGHT children can start to develop deadly liver disease as young as eight, a study has found.

Bigger waistlines in three-year-olds increased the chances they will have markers for liver disease five years later.

Levels of the liver enzyme ALT were tested in 635 mother and child pairs in Massachusetts. By the of age eight, 23% of children had elevated ALT levels.

Overweight children were more likely to have the higher levels.

Lead author Jennifer Woo Baidal said: "Many parents know obesity can lead to type 2 diabetes.

"There is far less awareness that obesity, even in young children, can lead to serious liver disease."

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Apr 4, 2018
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