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TRENTON, N.J. -- In a new and disturbing twist on the obesity epidemic, some overweight teenagers have severe liver damage caused by too much body fat, and a handful have needed liver transplants.
Many more may need a new liver by their 30s or 40s, say experts warning that pediatricians need to be more vigilant. The condition, which can lead to cirrhosis and liver failure or liver cancer, is being seen in kids in the United States, Europe, Australia and even some developing countries, according to a surge of recent medical studies and doctors interviewed by The Associated Press.
The American Liver Foundation and other experts estimate 2 percent to 5 percent of American children over age 5, nearly all of them obese or overweight, have the condition, called nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.
I'm happy to say, my kids have all CHOSEN to be vegetarians, so hopefully I won't have to worry about these stats...But it is something that mainstream america better sit up and take notice of IMHO.
Originally posted by jackinthebox
Being vegetarian won't save them, though it might slow down the process of extermination. Even veggies are being genetically modified now. Then there is the irradiation that they undergo before hitting the market which wipes out most of their nutritional value. And then there is the farming practices themselves. Take for example the humble potato, the salvation of the Irish. In the past few decades it has lost 70% of its nutritional value