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Warning Signs

Obesity is obviously a major problem in America. But most teens don’t see the effects (like, say, heart disease) until later in life. But, sadly, that might’ve changed.

USA Today reported docs have noticed a scary new teen trend: inactive, overweight kids with liver damage caused by body fat. Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (as it’s called) can damage this vital organ and a few kids have even needed transplants.

Up to 10% of all kids could have this disease, but there are def warning signs to look for, like heart trouble, diabetes and being overweight. Genes may play a role in whether or not teens develop liver disease, but what ya eat and whether ya workout were key players, too.

Luckily, if liver disease is caught early enough the effects can be reversed by dropping pounds and returning to a healthy weight.  
by Girls' Life | 2/1/2016