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OBESITY

“Left unchecked , obesity will make the current generation of children the first in human history to have a shorter life span than that of their parents….” – US Surgeon General (1998 – 2002)

Almost 25 percent of our children are overweight or obese. This puts them at risk of fatty liver disease development and its associated morbidity. This includes liver cirrhosis, liver cancer, heart disease, colorectal cancer, endocrine disorders, and kidney disease.

The mainstay of obesity treatment is diet and exercise. No universally-effective drug therapy exists to treat chronic obesity. Prevention measures during childhood should be emphasized to encourage healthy habits.